New Age all for self-regulated media

2010-12-06 12:15

kalahari.com

Johannesburg - The New Age newspaper finally hit the streets on Monday, with editor Henry Jeffreys launching into whether it was an ANC mouthpiece.

"Contrary to popular (mainly the media) opinion - we are not The New Agent", read a strapline preceding his maiden editorial.

"...Well, here it is. The New Age has no formal links with the ANC (or any other political party, for that matter)," wrote Jeffreys after conceding it had not been "an easy birth".

"There is no hotline between my office in Midrand and Luthuli House in Sauer Street.

"We will, generally, support the government of the day, at all levels," wrote Jeffreys, in a piece on the front page.

He however added the caveat that it would also be "constructively critical" and expose bad government, bad business and corruption, and hold public figures to their promises.

Opposed to ANC’s media plans


He felt it was insulting to suggest their journalists were ideologues or propagandists, said Jeffreys who was brought in to replace Vuyo Mvoko, who resigned with four other journalists on the eve of their original launch date in October.

He said they were also opposed to the protection of information bill in its current form, as well as the ANC's plans for a statutory media appeals tribunal.

"We support media self-regulation as the only mechanism where a free press may exist and flourish."

The 16-page main section led with a story on a "whistleblower" who claims police had not paid him a R500 000 reward for helping them track down a serial rapist, an article on a meningitis alert in Gauteng, and a welcoming article by Jeffreys, with advertisements for Capitec Bank and 8.ta.

Other advertisements included those from a law firm, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, Absa, the Free State and Mpumalanga governments, the public service ministry, toptv, CNA and Discom.

Content

In a break from tradition they put celebrity news and horoscopes on page two. Page three led with a report on Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba stalling plans by SAA to make purchases which could plunge it into financial difficulties.

The articles were a mix of politics, news, and short features and, as promised, six of the nine provinces had a page dedicated to their news.

News from the African continent dominated international news.

Kaizer Chiefs' weekend victory over Orlando Pirates was marked with a full page picture spread that led to a further three pages of sport.

The inside section led with a feature on the "Cellphone price war", followed by local and global business news, an arts section, provincial pages and a health and lifestyle page. Cosatu's 25th birthday was marked with a double page spread of archive pictures.
 

- SAPA
Read more on:    the new age  |  henry jeffreys  |  media
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
12 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Free outdoor yoga classes

Join an early morning Yoga session at the V & A Waterfront.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Watch: 5 skills to improve your BMX riding
Tips on how to set your fitness goals
This all-terrain vehicle is badass!
The TRUTH about painkillers and exercise

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

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. 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

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong social and romantic overtone that plays its way into your day. It may get stronger later in the day when the...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.