Ombudsman rules on HuffPost SA; Pillay resigns
Following the Saturday 22 April 2017 release of the findings of the South African press ombudsman, Johan Retief, that a blog published on The Huffington Post SA was “malicious” and “discriminatory”, 24.com accepted the immediate resignation of Verashni Pillay from her position as editor-in-chief.
According to Andreij Horn, head: 24.com, editorial control over the site has been reassigned: “With immediate effect, Ferial Haffajee, The Huffington Post SA’s editor-at-large, and Pieter du Toit, the site’s deputy editor, will take over the editorial management of the site until we have appointed a new editor. We have the utmost faith in their ability to lead the site through both the changes we are making to address the internal issues that made this situation possible in the first place, and the impact it had on society at large, the company, and its staff.”
Pillay said, “I respect the office of the press ombudsman and have decided to tender my resignation. Thank you to Media24 for this opportunity and all the best to the team at HuffPost SA going forward.”
Both the ombudsman’s ruling on what constitutes hate speech and Pillay’s resignation have been met with criticism.
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