By Pinky Khoabane
The Citizen’s editor Steve Motale has finally been fired following an “internal disciplinary hearing” the newspaper’s publisher said in a statement released a short while ago. https://t.co/ntywtwEZ0d
The statement said Motale had failed to follow “agreed-upon editorial procedures and to uphold his editorial duties”. The publisher would not elaborate on what these procedures which suggests this is simply a smokescreen for the articles he published shortly before his suspension.
They inlcude allegations of former finance minister Trevor Manuel’s alleged irregular awarding of SARS tenders. We wrote about it here http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/shall-defend-citizens-editor/
Motale responded to his dismissal with a tweet: I was today dismissed as editor of The Citizen without any hearing. My legal team is handling the matter.
Was there a hearing or inquiry or is someone being economical with the truth?
It’s clear Motale’s dismissal is political and has everything to do with the preservation of a specific narrative that protects white monopoly capitalists and their cronies from scrutiny in the state capture debate.
Some responses from Twitter:
It’s hard to survive mainstream media if you challenge the narrative like
@SteveMotale did. So few ‘free’ editors