Activists to protest editor's dismissal

2013-12-17 10:53
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Cape Town - Activist group Right2Know will hold a picket outside Independent Newspapers’ offices in Cape Town’s CBD on Tuesday.

The group are protesting the dismissal of former Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois by group CEO Iqbal Survé.

Survé claims that Dasnois was fired because the paper failed to carry a front page lead about Nelson Mandela’s death but it has been claimed that she was really axed for an article about the public protector’s report into the issuing of a tender to Sekunjalo Investments by the fisheries department.

Survé is the CEO of Sekunjalo Investments.

“The actions of the new owners of Independent Newspapers, Sekunjalo Investments, has set a worrying precedent that they acted in a way that threatens the editorial independence of the Cape Times...” R2K says.

“Sekunjalo’s threat to editorial independence extends to the 14 newspaper titles under Independent Newspapers, including the Cape Argus, Weekend Argus, The Star, the Mercury plus numerous community newspapers.”

The picket will take place outside Independent’s offices in St George’s Mall from about 12:00 to 14:00 on Tuesday.

An organisation calling itself the Movement for the Transformation of the Media will be holding a counter-protest to R2K's.

It says it supports Sekunjalo and Survé

Read more on:    sekunjalo investments  |  independent newspapers  |  alide dasnois  |  iqbal surve  |  cape town  |  media

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