Journalist asks Mbalula where she can report Andile Lungisa for spreading ‘fake news’
The senior ANC Eastern Cape councillor has, among other things, been trying to popularise the allegation that Bill Gates may be up to no good in Africa.
She wrote to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, asking him: “Minister, where can we report the spread of misinformation about the virus, which I believe is now criminal? Mr Lungisa is a councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay with major reach on social media. This is beyond irresponsible from a government representative.”
@MbalulaFikileMinister, where can we report the spread of misinformation about the virus, which I believe is now criminal? Mr Lungisa is a councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay with major reach on social media. This is beyond irresponsible from a government representative.
— Verashni Pillay (@verashni)April 5, 2020It began when Pillay commented on an apology from news site News24 about an article with a headline that hadn’t reported accurately on Gates’ involvement in the fight against Covid-19 in Africa. The headline had suggested he was somehow part of a vaccine being trialled on the continent, which was not the case.
Pillay was concerned that because News24 is South Africa’s biggest news site it would be difficult to undo the “damage”.“The damage is done now. The lie sticks in people’s heads. I know I’ve made (and paid!) for big mistakes in journalism but I’m shocked at how cavalier major publications are being in this time,” she wrote.
She was referring to how she had been fired as the then editor of the now defunct Huffington Post website – a one-time partner site to News24 – in 2017 over a column the site had published about white male privilege. She had defended the column, only for it to turn out to be a fake opinion planted by a man who had been trying to embarrass mainstream news sites.
She successfully appealed a finding against her by the then press ombudsman, who had gone as far as to call the Huffington Post’s publication of the column “hate speech”.On appeal, this was overturned.Pillay subsequently worked as online editor for Power FM and has now launched her own news site called explain.co.za, which aims to bring more contextualised news to a South African audience and, in effect, “explain” news to people more simply.
She has been using her Twitter account to try to educate people on the facts around Gates’ involvement in fighting disease in the developing world. Read more: The Citizen News »
Lenkwenkwe uLungisa ucimba uyiheavyweight politician watu68550651 But why Mbalula in what capacity Mbalula was supposed to answer that me just asking Reporter must 1st start reporting News24 n eNca for spreading lies abt bill Gates also He not she Lungisa was sentenced last year but he is not in jail till today
I guess no other south African would be arrested/prosecuted for spreading false news if News24 walks scot free. Their apology does not reverse the damage their article has caused Abaqale ngo Adriaan A Should jughead not be lock up in prison ... he is such a fake news carrier ..he is a computer virus ..🤣🤣🤣
Where can I report News24 for spreading fake news ? Andile Lungisa is not arrested? Fake journalist. Lo kufanele usejele,andimazi kusathethwa ngesigezo sakhe,St Albans imlindile. The lockdown /virus must not be a tool to shut politicians & citizens from commenting & expressing their views on issues that affects them directly. Is it because the person spoken about here it’s Bill Gate ?
You're starting to sound like News24 now. Is this even newsworthy? What about News24 and AdriaanBasson Tell us about News24 Lay a charge... What did this 1 say? Before we get there, where can we report News24 for fake news
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