Media24 doesn't donate to political parties, CEO confirms editorial independence

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The CEO of Media24, Ishmet Davidson, has denied that political party donations by parent company Naspers has compromised the media house’s editorial independence. Photo: Media24
The CEO of Media24, Ishmet Davidson, has denied that political party donations by parent company Naspers has compromised the media house’s editorial independence. Photo: Media24

The CEO of Media24, Ishmet Davidson, says the company does not make any donations to political partners.

While its parent company Naspers does make political donations, Media24 has complete editorial independence, he added.

Two weeks ago the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) released information on the donations disclosed by political parties during the second quarter of the current financial year.  

The DA received a R1 million donation from Naspers, and in response to questions from News24, the multinational said its board was “fully supportive of the democratic process in SA” and was donating R1 million to the ANC as well

Davidson said that Media24 was aware of insinuations on social media that Naspers’ donations would influence coverage by its publications. 

“Media24 fully supports the democratic process in South Africa which we do through independent, unbiased journalism. Accordingly, Media24 places a very high premium on editorial independence and integrity and will never compromise this. 

“Hence, Media24 does not contribute to political parties,” Davidson said. 

“Although Naspers is our parent company, as a corporate it operates independent of Media24 with no influence on our editorial policies, decisions or coverage. The donations made by Naspers is entirely in their own name and on their own behalf.” 

- Fin24 is in the Naspers-owned Media24 stable. 

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