Our efforts to publish stories that the commercial media ignore doesn’t mean we will publish un-corroborated information. We will not publish claims that are not supported by evidence even if you try and sneak them through the comments section.
Ours is a small project with limited resources. Limited is actually putting it mildly. We do not have the resources to face litigation or the hours to go through a litany of repeats of the same un-corroborated information disguised as new comments.
We want the time to use our limited resources to break stories which commercial media would not touch with a ten-foot-pole. We’ve successfully done this – exposing Pravin Gordhan’s shares in Grindrod http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/pravins-portfolio-shares-reveals-much-state-capture/
Johann Rupert’s shares in Grindrod and the link to SASSA billions http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/ruperts-grindrod-bank-banks-sassas-billions/.
We’ve exposed a letter from Gordhan to Minister of Dept of Social Development (DSD) giving CPS & Grindrod as the first two options to solving the SASSA crisis while the media painted a completely different story http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/pravin-wanted-biometric-fingerprint-system-excluded-bidding-social-grants/.
We exposed Thuli Madonsela for having being called an advocate when she wasn’t one yet. http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/exactly-thulisile-madonsela-become-advocate/ We’ve exposed the Sunday Times for lying about not receiving a response from DSD in order to protect Rupert. There are many examples and we urge you to allow us the time to do this without the burden of going through numerous unsubstantiated claims.
We want to spend more time investigating the leads some of our readers send us. It takes time to go through the many responses we get and for this we are immensely grateful.
We strive to build a community interested in an alternative narrative to the one with which we are constantly bamboozled. We aim to build this through trust and respect for one another.
We will not promise you objectivity as the concept is purely a myth. All of us – in all spheres of collecting knowledge – have preconceived notions and expectations of the world – and these influence the way we see life. We do not, like commercial media, pretend that our socio-political and cultural backgrounds don’t affect how we think and the choice of stories we go after. We acknowledge and accept our bias.
All we want is that what we choose to write must be based on fact – evidence which even if we won’t disclose to the public, we know exists.
We understand those who say their chosen professions limit them from providing evidence – oath of confidentiality and the like. We understand your job and the need to protect your sources but please respect ours too. If you don’t want to provide the evidence just don’t provide the claims.