Black First Land First (BLF) has won its case against News24 relating to a charge it laid with the Press Ombudsman about how the online news site reported Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s advisor Prof Chris Malikane’s alleged statements regarding taking up arms for radical economic transformation.
Press Ombudsman Johan Retief has ruled that News24 should “apologise, unreservedly, to Malikane in particular and to the public in general, for misleadingly and unfairly creating the impression that Malikane favoured the taking up of arms to solve the land reform issue.”
Black Opinion reports that other publications which ran with the story, namely Sowetan and Citizen, have also been asked to amend their headline articles.
Black opinion quoted BLF president, Andile Mngxitama as saying the ruling vindicated those who are calling out white-owned media’s propaganda campaign against Malikane.
“BLF is vindicated yet again that the white owned media has been running a propaganda campaign against Prof Malikane because of his well considered position on radical economic transformation,” he said.