'White men have power in SA' - HuffPost SA appeal hears

2017-07-31 13:11
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Johannesburg - Former HuffPost SA editor Verashni Pillay was on Monday appealing a Press Ombudsman ruling that a blog published on the website constituted hate speech.

Pillay was arguing whether white men could be singled out for different treatment in an effort to overturn the conviction.

READ: Former HuffPost SA editor to appeal ombud ruling

Independent legal counsel in constitutional law Ben Winks argued before the Press Appeals Panel of South Africa, chaired by Judge Bernard Ngoepe, that white men had and continue to have disproportionate power in SA.

Civil body AfriForum was one of the original complainants to the ombudsman following the publication of the blog.

Pillay resigned as editor of HuffPost SA following the ombudsman's findings on April 22 that a blog titled Could it be time to deny white men the franchise? was "malicious" and "discriminatory".

Press Ombudsman Johan Retief said the publication of the blog had violated numerous sections of the Press Code, and had "contributed to the erosion of public trust in the media".

Winks argued that white men held power in that they dominate South African business, the bar and even the bench.

The hearing is scheduled to run until 15:00 and you can follow the latest tweets from News24 editor-in-chief Adriaan Basson as well as Media Matters.

- Basson is editor-in-chief of News24 and treasurer of Sanef.

- HuffPost SA is published by Media24


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