Mocking journalism serves no useful purpose

2009-09-25 13:15

I AM deeply concerned and offended by the manner in which City Press operates. In this regard, mostly by the ridiculous, misleading and ­reactionary journalism.

I understand the role of the media in society is to report events to the public as they happen. To fulfil that role properly there are ethics that should guide every journalist. These ethics include impartiality, fairness, objectivity and others.

I also know that every story reported or published must first and foremost be in the public interest. These are double-checked by the editor to ensure that no partial, biased, unfair, subjective and opinionated stories reach the public.

Now with all the aforementioned in mind, let’s analyse the article headlined JZ’s Afro-Pop Trio, that was published by City Press on ­September 13 on page 3.

The writer of the article was none other than City Press’ news editor, Japhet Ncube.

In that article Ncube was clearly not reporting anything real. He was merely presenting his personal, misleading, disrespectful and reactionary views.

Now, why publish the article as “news” in the first place? Were the news editor’s imaginations and day-dreamings in the public interest? Were they newsworthy? What happened in the newsroom? Was it ethically correct to publish the article? How can mocking the president and the presidency qualify as “news”?

Ncube’s task was very simple: to inform the public about the appointment of Eugene Mthethwa as the deputy director of public liaison and stakeholder management in the presidency and, furthermore, the establishment of a public hotline through which the South African public could direct its service delivery-related pros and cons straight to the presidency.

But, oh boy! Ncube opted to narrowmindedly create the impression that President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is not interested in serving the people of South Africa, but interested only in pursuing his personal interest – a “music career”, in Ncube’s words.

This is hogwash, nonsense, unacceptable and has the potential to propel all South African revolutionaries and all sober-minded citizens to change their “readership affiliation”.Mawela Nkhanedzeni Godfrey Folovhodwe ANCYL branch chairpersonVhembe region, Limpopo

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