December 7, 2021

SA journalist in hot water after getting elected as ActionSA councilor

The forum said the situation casts a shadow over the work the media industry has been doing to regain the trust it has lost.

SA journalist in hot water after getting elected as ActionSA councilor

SA journalist in hot water after getting elected as ActionSA councilor photo credit: MSN

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) slammed freelance journalist Edwin Ntshidi after he was elected as PR councilor of ActionSA in the city of Johannesburg on Monday, 22 November.

Edwin Ntshidi covered the 2021 elections for Eyewitness News, his last article, titled “Political parties set to meet to hammer out coalition deals for Gauteng metros” was published nine days ago.

EWN editor-in-chief Mahlatse Mahlase said that Ntshidi served his notice on 7 November and that the publication had no idea about his political ambitions.

SANEF said that is happy that Ntshidi is no longer a reporter and that his association with EWN is over, however the forum is concerned with his conduct and that he agreed to be an ActionSA candidate while he was reporting on the elections and the party he now represents.

“On independence and matters relating to conflict of interest, the Press Code clearly states that: ‘The media shall not allow commercial, political, personal or other non-professional considerations to influence reporting, and avoid conflicts of interest as well as practices that could lead readers to doubt the media’s independence and professionalism,’ said SANEF.

The forum said the situation casts a shadow over the work the media industry has been doing to regain the trust it has lost.

According to the Daily Maverick, a cursory look at Ntshidi’s reporting shows no obvious signs of bias towards ActionSA but conflicts of interest are difficult to measure.

Sources: The World News, MSN

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