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Sanef says 'Stratcom' accusations mark sad day for journalism

20 April 2018 5:34 PM
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Sanef Chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase says it seems that the front pages of newspapers are being used to fight a commercial battle.

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has expressed concern over front-page articles published by Independent Media-owned newspapers on Friday.

In the headlines, the articles label certain prominent South African journalists and editors as “Stratcom” agents.

Read: 'If anybody is involved in a Stratcom-like project it's Independent Newspapers'

This comes amid claims that senior media executives from competing organisations planned to thwart the listing of Sagarmatha Technologies on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) by the owners of Independent Media.

Also read: Thandeka Gqubule: 'I made a decision not to name my sources'

The Independent Media-owned publications compare the alleged dirty tricks campaign to the smear tactics adopted by Stratcom against the late struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Sanef Chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase says it seems that the front pages of newspapers are being used to fight a commercial battle.

Mahlase says equating journalists to Stratcom agents is disgusting and unacceptable.

I think its a sad day in journalism.

Mahlatse Mahlase, Sanef chairperson

It seems there is a commercial battle that is underway.

Mahlatse Mahlase, Sanef chairperson

We were shocked to see those front pages equating the work of journalists to that of an evil machine used by the apartheid regime for misinformation.

Mahlatse Mahlase, Sanef chairperson

There is no way that we can call this journalism. There is no right of reply that should be afforded when allegations are made.

Mahlatse Mahlase, Sanef chairperson

Take a listen to the Sanef chair make her arguments:


20 April 2018 5:34 PM
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