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EWN loses focus in ordering Bateman to apologise

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We believe EWN embarked on some weapons-grade ‘virtue signalling’ in making Bateman apologise for damaging the company’s campaign against GBV.


16 Oct 2019
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EWN loses focus in ordering Bateman to apologise

Barry Bateman. Picture: Video screenshot

It was unprofessional of Eyewitness News (EWN) reporter Barry Bateman to call Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema a “p**s” during an emotional outburst at a press conference last month. Journalists are there to record events, not become part of those events themselves. Bateman crossed that line and, in the process, opened himself up to accusation of bias and – as the EFF like to trumpet – racism. Even though he may have thought he was making an off-the-record comment, the reality is that he was seen as an employee of EWN. So one cannot quibble with the fact...

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