Group hijacks CT media protest

2013-12-17 18:49

Cape Town - Scores of people calling for media transformation hijacked a protest against the alleged removal of Cape Times editor Alide Dansois in Cape Town.

  • Initial protest
    Supporters of Right2Know, along with Agang SA members, members of the public and media professionals protested in front of Newspaper House in Cape Town  against the ‘unfair dismissal of Alide Dasnois’ and a perceived threat to editorial independence, Sapa reported on Tuesday. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)

  • Iqbal Surve
    Independent News and Media SA (INMSA) chair Iqbal Surve denied earlier this month that Dasnois had been fired, but had been offered alternative positions in the company. Danois, however, has said she was "unfairly dismissed". (Nielen Bottomley, News24)

  • Poor sales, Mandela
    Surve said the move formed part of a strategy aimed at arresting poor sales figures. He also said Dasnois was reprimanded for not leading with the news of former president Nelson Mandela in its Friday edition. His death was covered in a wraparound editorial supplement. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)
  • Public Protector
    The front page carried a public protector finding that the awarding of a fisheries tender by the agriculture, forestry, and fisheries department to Sekunjalo Marine Services Consortium was improper. The consortium is a subsidiary of Sekunjalo Holdings which acquired a controlling share in INMSA earlier this year. Surve also chairs Sekunjalo. Surve categorically denied that Dasnois's replacement was due to the fisheries tender story.
  • Opposing protest
    About 10 minutes into the protest on Tuesday, a group calling itself the Movement for Transformation of Media in SA (MTMSA) arrived in front of the building. They carried posters stating "Fire racist reporters" and "Fire Tony Weaver", who defended Dasnois in his recent "Man Friday" column in the Cape Times. (Nielen de Klerk, News24)
  • 'ANC corrupt, Zuma corrupt'
    Some wore ANC and SA National Civic Organisation shirts. Protesters defending Dasnois and media freedom shouted "the ANC is corrupt" and "Zuma is corrupt" while the media transformation group shouted "fire racist reporters" and "transformation now".
  • Transformation
    MTMSA leader Wesley Douglas said they supported the removal of Dasnois but their protest was about more than one individual. It was about the entire media needing to be transformed. "Why is it that white media houses are attacking black media owners?" he asked.
  • (Nielen de Klerk, News24)
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