SanefANA reports that the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Tuesday said it was greatly concerned about the dismissal – without a hearing – of Steven Motale the Editor of The Citizen.  

The announcement of Motale’s sacking was made by the newspaper on Tuesday.  He had been suspended earlier in November pending the outcome of an internal disciplinary process.  Sanef said it was shocked to learn that Motale was dismissed without a hearing.  Sanef spokesperson Sam Mkokeli said in a statement:  “We are seeking an urgent meeting with the publishers of The Citizen to express our concerns.  Sanef is also deeply concerned about recent reports of a high turnover of editorial staff following allegations of improper management interference in the editorial conduct of newspapers.  Such interference is a threat to the freedom and independence of editors and editorial staff and media values which constitute a vital cornerstone to the country’s democracy.”

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