16 April 2017
Media24 today announced it was launching an investigation into the controversial blog “Could It Be Time To Deny White Men The Franchise?” published on HuffPost South Africa on April 13, 2017. The blog was subsequently taken down on 15 April when HuffPost South Africa couldn’t confirm the veracity of the source.
Media24 CEO Esmaré Weideman said the company took the matter very seriously. “This has been hugely damaging not only to the Huffington Post South Africa brand but also to Media24. Responsible journalism is at the heart of what we do; it’s the currency we trade in. In an era of fake news, I know only too well that our editors spend an inordinate amount of time checking the veracity of information before they publish. When our systems fail, we’re not just alarmed, we’re outraged. This is a sad day for journalism.”
Andreij Horn, head: 24.com, added that the incident and the circumstances that made it possible in the first place, will be investigated thoroughly and the appropriate action will be taken to avoid a future recurrence. “As a company we make an enormous investment to ensure quality journalism, precisely because we know that trust is non-negotiable.”