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Ferial Haffajee to step down as editor-in-chief of City Press

By Faeza
02 June 2016

Media24 announced today that Ferial Haffajee, editor-in-chief of City Press, will step down from her post at the end of July 2016 having been at the helm of the newspaper since 2009.

“My seven years with the company have been a joy and a life highlight,” said Ferial. “I move on to writing again in fast, fresh and data-driven journalism.”

Ferial revealed she will be joining Bloomberg in Johannesburg as a writer in September. Prior to this she will moderate at the Aspen Institute’s action forum in July and work on her next book proposal.

“City Press and Media24 have empowered and transformed me,” she said. “I leave a large part of my heart at City Press and thank my colleagues for years of great joy and fun.”

Ferial's resignation was “a huge loss” to City Press and Media24, said Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman. “She is an extraordinary editor – brave, bold, fair, connected and in touch with her market. She was a fantastic brand ambassador for her newspaper and for Media24 as a company. We are very sad to see her go.

“Ferial indicated a few months ago already that she felt her work at City Press was done and that she wanted to go learn and do something new. We can only hope she will return at some stage,” Esmaré added.

Ferial has been an editor for the past 12 years. Before joining Media24 as the editor of City Press, she edited the Mail and Guardian. In 2014 she was awarded the International Press Freedom Award by the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists. She is a former chairperson of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF).

Ishmet Davidson, on behalf of Media24’s news division, thanked Ferial for her contribution to City Press and South Africa. “Often setting the news agenda, Ferial has fearlessly reported on numerous issues which may otherwise never have come to light. She has been an exceptional editor at City Press and remains an outstanding patriot and defender of our democracy. It has truly been an honour and privilege for me to work so closely with Ferial and she will be sorely missed.” Ishmet was head of Media24’s news division until being seconded to its distribution business in January 2016 for one year.

A successor will be announced in due course.