M&G editor responds to cyberbullies

2016-02-22 12:14
Verashni Pillay (Twitter)

Verashni Pillay (Twitter)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Mail and Guardian editor Verashni Pillay has responded to instances of vitriolic "cyberbullying".

Pillay was trolled on Twitter following an apology issued by the newspaper for a report published three weeks ago concerning DA leader Mmusi Maimane apparently receiving mentorship from former president FW de Klerk.

Over the weekend, Pillay shared two tweets addressed at her, adding: "Cyber bullying. No matter how often it happens I'll never get used to it."

Pillay said that it was not important what the abuse is linked to, but more that women in the public sphere were dogged by threats.

"Before becoming an editor of a national title I was a columnist for about five years. Both positions have put me in the public eye in some way and there will of course be criticism and critical engagement which are always welcome if difficult at times," she said.

"It is when certain people cross the line into hate speech and threats of violence that it becomes problematic," Pillay added.

“I once had a man on Twitter threaten to necklace me. I have received a few abusive posts since the De Klerk/Maimane matter but I don’t think it’s important what the abuse is linked to.  

"There is very little room for error or even just doing one’s job in the public eye. I have chatted to one female reporter who is very straight up and down in how she engages on social media: just putting across facts, and she too has had vile threats, with someone telling her once they hoped she got raped and contracted Aids. Clearly this sort of thing is unacceptable," she said.

Read more on:    mail and guardian  |  social networks  |  media

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.