Media24 to investigate HuffPost SA
Media24 has announced it is launching an investigation into the controversial blog post “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” on Huffington Post South Africa on 13 April 2017. The blog was subsequently taken down (after initially being defended in an editorial published by HuffPost SA editor-in-chief, Verashni Pillay) on 15 April when HuffPost SA couldn’t confirm the identity of the author.
According to Media24 CEO, Esmaré Weideman, the company is taking the matter very seriously. “This has been hugely damaging not only to the Huffington Post South Africa brand but also to Media24. Responsible journalism is at the heart of what we do; it’s the currency we trade in. In an era of fake news, I know only too well that our editors spend an inordinate amount of time checking the veracity of information before they publish. When our systems fail, we’re not just alarmed; we’re outraged. This is a sad day for journalism.”
Andreij Horn, head: 24.com, adds that the incident and the circumstances that made it possible in the first place will be investigated thoroughly and the appropriate action will be taken to avoid a future reoccurrence. “As a company, we make an enormous investment to ensure quality journalism, precisely because we know that trust is non-negotiable.”
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- HuffPost SA: Ann Bernstein: We Have Accepted ‘Shelley Garland’s’ Resignation
- The Daily Maverick: The Huffington Ghost: Be afraid, editors, of your own failings
- Tom Eaton: The Huffington Ghost: A new low for SA media
Updated at 9.40 on 20 April 2017.