eNCA response to mask furore is callous, says Jessie Duarte

Jessie Duarte says eNCA must issue an unambiguous commitment to no longer tolerate racism within its ranks.

2021-03-02 07:13:00 PM

Jessie Duarte says eNCA must issue an unambiguous commitment to no longer tolerate racism within its ranks.

Jessie Duarte says eNCA must issue an unambiguous commitment to no longer tolerate racism within its ranks.

02 March 2021 - 14:52ANC members picket outside the eNCA offices in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, on March 2 2021, over alleged racist reporting by journalist Lindsay Dentlinger.Image:Alaister Russell/The Sunday TimesThe ANC wants eNCA to commit to a transformation process that will include sending its journalists and managers on human rights training.

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The party also wants the broadcaster to apologise and withdraw its statement defending a journalist who is under fire for alleged racism in how she conducts interviews.This was contained in a memorandum the ANC handed over to eNCA during an antiracism march in which hundreds of party members descended on the broadcaster’s headquarters in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, on Tuesday. The march, led by ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane, came after eNCA parliamentary journalist Lindsay Dentlinger was accused of racism for demanding that black interviewees wear face masks while letting their white counterparts speak without their masks.

The ANC said this was unacceptable and pointed to racist behaviour. The party  has given the broadcaster seven days to respond to its demands, which include:Withdrawing the statement in which eNCA defended Dentlinger.Apologising unconditionally to all South Africans for the pain and hurt that Dentlinger and the broadcaster caused. headtopics.com

Sending its journalists and managers on human rights training to learn the values of equality and nonracialism.Publicly acknowledging its history of mistreating black journalists, some of whom have been forced out by racially intolerable conditions.Issuing an unambiguous commitment to no longer tolerate racism within its ranks and do something practical to demonstrate genuine remorse.

Engaging the leadership and journalists at the broadcaster in a process of thorough soul-searching to confront their racism and racial prejudice. Read more: Times LIVE »

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