Media body calls for Times Media probe

2014-02-10 19:22
Gallery  |  click on thumbnail to view larger image

Group hijacks CT media protest

Scores of people calling for media transformation hijacked a protest against the alleged removal of Cape Times editor Alide Dansois in Cape Town.

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - The Movement for Transformation in Media in SA (MTMSA) called for a probe on Monday into the transformation of Times Media Group (TMG).

"We have seen a concerted effort by the largely white-owned and run media houses, in this case specifically the TMG, to discredit black business and political leaders in South Africa while at the same time ignoring the shortcomings of their white compatriots," MTMSA wrote in a letter to the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).

Convenor Wesley Douglas accused TMG publications of racially biased and skewed negative reporting.

"Progressive black business people, who dare to go up against the white establishment and take ownership of established media companies have found themselves becoming targets of orchestrated smear campaigns."

In December, the MTMSA gatecrashed a protest by the Right2Know Campaign against Independent's alleged removal of Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois since Sekunjalo Independent Media Consortium obtained majority shares in the company.

Douglas said at the protest: "The attack on Sekunjalo has got nothing to with press freedom or the right to know, it has everything to do with the fact that the company is prepared to transform a media house that has for more than a century been supportive of colonialism, apartheid, and is anti-black in its engagements with society."

Independent Newspapers boss Iqbal Surve has also accused rival Times Media Group of a "dirty tricks" campaign to rob his group of revenue and readers.

Surve has denied that Dasnois had been fired, saying she had been offered alternative positions in the company. Dasnois, however, has said she was "unfairly dismissed".

'Dirty tricks'

In his letter to the PIC on Monday, Douglas said: "We have heard that TMG has established a slush fund to operate a 'dirty tricks department' with the express purpose of targeting its rival media operator Independent Media South Africa and its owner Dr Iqbal Surve."

He said as the PIC invested taxpayers' money in TMG, this money was supporting publications "that clearly present South Africa as a failed state and that do not uphold the constitutional principles of equality and non-racialism in their business practices".

In addition, government spent over R600m in advertising in TMG publications.

The PIC also held 25% equity in Independent Media.

Douglas wrote: "We demand the transformation of the Times Media Group so that more black editors, sub-editors, journalists and management staff of colour are appointed to represent the thinking of the black majority of South Africans, rather than the empowered racially advantaged few."

Douglas claimed that TMG and other media houses were working to discredit the African National Congress government in the run-up to the general elections.

"It is clear that there is a direct attempt by media houses to affect the outcome of the provincial and national elections by using the platform they have in addressing the masses."

The MTMSA therefore called on the PIC to investigate whether there were disparities between the salaries earned by TMG journalists of different races.

It also wanted a probe to establish TMG's current ownership structure, broad-based black economic empowerment status over 10 years and what measures were being taken to ensure transformation at ownership level.

MTMSA also wanted an investigation into editorial balance of reporting in TMG titles.

TMG could not be reached for comment on the MTMSA letter.

- SAPA

Read more on:    times media group  |  media
NEXT ON NEWS24X

EFF will rule SA - Malema

45 minutes ago

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
53 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Gordons Bay - 18:30 PM
    Road name: R44 Faure Marine Drive Both Ways
    ROAD CLOSED at Suikerbossie Drive due to roadworks until 5am - traffic diverted - expect delays
  • Wednesday Delft - 18:17 PM
    Road name: Stellenbosch Arterial Road
    CRIME SCENE at Delft Main Road - expect delays
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2 TV Series for R250

Get 2 TV Series box sets for R250 and save up to R148! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Pre-order the Xbox One

Get this all-in-one entertainment system with live TV, movies, social networking and gaming. Pre-order now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing deals on electronics!

Save up to 35% on electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB

There are no straight lines in nature. The Samsung  GALAXY...

From R3795.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The ingredients for today are communicating your original ideas in a creative and unique way that can make the right people look...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.