Former Cape Times editor to lodge fresh complaint

2016-05-11 16:53
Alide Dasnois outside the Labour Court. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

Alide Dasnois outside the Labour Court. (Thulani Gqirana, News24)

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Johannesburg - Former Cape Times editor Alide Dasnois intends to lodge a complaint with the Press Ombudsman following two articles published about the settlement of the case between herself and Independent Newspapers, her lawyers said on Wednesday.

This followed the withdrawal of the unfair dismissal case against them by Dasnois, following an agreement reached.

In a statement on Dasnois's behalf, Jason Whyte from Cheadle Thompson & Haysom Inc, said the Cape Times had carried an article under the heading "Independent Media vindicated as Dasnois settles" on its front page on Tuesday, as well as a second article headed "Failed to have Madiba's death on front page".

Whyte said the crux of the article was where the author claimed that Dasnois "has attempted to conclude the matter in return for a substantial financial payout. We have constantly rejected this and believed that the matter of Dasnois decision on the night of December 5 had to be ventilated an open court".

The paper also claimed that, because Dasnois "falsely" sought to depict her claim as a case about press freedom and editorial prerogative, this made it "even more important [for INMSA] to [try] the matter in court".

Whyte said the Cape Times, however, pointed out that the case was indeed (inexplicably) settled by an agreement.

"INMSA was obviously a party to that agreement, but the reader is left to somehow conclude that INMSA – although insistent that this case would never be settled by INMSA out of court as our client has no valid case – somehow inexplicably agreed to settle this case in the face of an invented claim brought by an undeserving gold-digger," he said.

Dasnois's claim

However, following the settlement, they slammed her decision again.

"After informing a court that they agreed to end the dispute with Dasnois they immediately recanted with a view to painting a picture of themselves as being vigorously opposed to any settlement and then being 'vindicated' in court -­ when no such thing had happened," said Whyte.

"The code for members of the Press Council provides that allowing commercial, political, personal or other non-­professional considerations to influence or slant reporting constitutes serious misconduct on the part of a news group and our client will be lodging a complaint with the Press Ombudsman."

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