TimesLIVE timeslive.co.za 24 Nov, 2021 16:30 am

Editors concerned as journalist covers election then gets elected as ActionSA councillor

Freelance journalist Edwin Ntshidi who extensively covered the municipal elections for Eyewitness News (EWN) has come under fire after he was sworn in as an ActionSA proportional representative (PR) councillor for Johannesburg this week.

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) said in a statement on Wednesday that it “regrettably” learnt of Ntshidi’s election on Monday.” Sanef said the development was in contrast with the work the media fraternity, Sanef and other stakeholders have been doing to regain the lost trust in the media.The forum said Ntshidi did not disclose his political ambitions to EWN.“While we are happy that he is no longer a reporter, and his association with EWN ceased, we are equally concerned at his conduct and why he agreed to be an ActionSA candidate while he was reporting on politics, including the very same party he now represents.

“Journalists are always advised to steer clear of conflict of interest, be trustworthy and do their work with integrity.“Whenever matters of conflict of interests arise, be it political or commercial, journalists are advised to always alert their editors so that they can act.

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