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EWN editor explains steps to probe Barry Bateman's use of foul language

11 September 2019 10:44 AM
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EFF Julius Malema
Barry Bateman
EWN
vulgar
foul language
Editor-in-Chief Mahlatse Mahlase outlines the processes that will be followed and why it made a decision to take Bateman off air.

Eyewitness News (EWN) reporter Barry Bateman was caught on camera using a derogatory word while in conversation with another reporter following an impromptu press briefing by Malema outside the Hawks’ offices.

EWN editor-in-chief Mahlatse Mahlase speaks to 702's Eusebius McKaiser on The Eusebius McKaiser Show about what steps are being taken to deal with the incident.

She says it will hold an internal probe to deal with the Barry Bateman incident and has issued an apology to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema.

The party has rejected the apology.

In a statement, the party says the apology was 'lukewarm' and called for Bateman to be suspended.

Mahlase explains the steps EWN will be taking.

We will be holding an internal probe into the matter. We are starting with a meeting that will happen today and part of that process is to allow Barry to put his side of the story and decisions will be taken from there.

Mahlatse Mahlase, Editor-in-Chief - Eyewitness News

RELATED: EWN's Barry Bateman calling Julius Malema a P*goes viral

She confirms that Bateman was taken off air immediately after EWN was made aware of the video.

I first thought when we took him off air that we needed to protect the integrity and credibility of that story.

Mahlatse Mahlase, Editor-in-Chief - Eyewitness News

Mahlase says reporters must always hold themselves to a higher standard.

We have to expect better of our reporters.

Mahlatse Mahlase, Editor-in-Chief - Eyewitness News

Barry Bateman is our senior reporter and one of the most known EWN reporters. People have not separated the person and the brand of EWN.

Mahlatse Mahlase, Editor-in-Chief - Eyewitness News

Listen to the full interview below...


This article first appeared on 702 : EWN editor explains steps to probe Barry Bateman's use of foul language


11 September 2019 10:44 AM
Tags:
EFF Julius Malema
Barry Bateman
EWN
vulgar
foul language

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