Black journalists treated like 'disposable nappies' - Rampedi

2016-11-23 16:09
People have protested at the Citizen newspaper in support of the paper's suspended editor Steve Motale. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

People have protested at the Citizen newspaper in support of the paper's suspended editor Steve Motale. (Iavan Pijoos, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Journalists can still be human - ex-head of eNCA

2016-11-22 10:23

We speak to journalist, Patrick Conroy, about his book Everest Untold. In the video above he tells us he hopes that journalists who read the book understand that they can still be human and have human reactions. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg – The Citizen newspaper treats black journalists like disposable nappies, a protest in support of its suspended editor heard on Wednesday.

“They feel that black journalist should be treated like disposable nappies, nannies and garden boys,” Forum of Journalists for Transformation president and former Sunday Times journalist, Piet Rampedi, said.

A handful of people representing the forum, the Communication Workers’ Union, Patriotic Alliance, Black First Land First, Cosatu and other unions protested at the Citizen newspaper in support of the paper's suspended editor Steve Motale.

They sang songs and held placards that read: “We want journalism and not racism" and "Stop advertising in racist media”.

“Let's open our eyes and stop being spectators, we should never trust the mainstream media as the truth, they have their masters to serve,” he told the crowd.

“It doesn't matter if you suspend us, we will not back down."

Motale was suspended three weeks ago. He was not the event.

"In times like these, I am very happy. It has been a tough time for me and any form of support is appreciated," Motale told News24.

He could not comment on the reasons for his suspension, until after disciplinary proceedings had run their course.

Read more on:    media freedom  |  media

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.


Cute pet pictures can improve your relationship!

It’s true! A new study shows animal pics can bring back the spark.



7 weirdly awesome pets you can own
Pack theory: fact or fiction?
Perfect dog-walking 1: Why dogs pull on the lead
SA stats: The role of pets in families
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


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 network.


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.