The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has warned journalists against violating the Press Code that could lead readers to doubt the media’s independence and professionalism.
This comes after the election of former EWN employee Edwin Ntshidi as a PR councillor of Action SA in the City of Johannesburg.
Ntshidi, a freelance reporter, covered the recently concluded municipal elections for EWN.
In a statement, Sanef says it takes ethical journalism, fair and balanced reporting, and the non-association of journalists with political parties seriously.
“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 Action SA candidate, while he was reporting on politics, including the very same party he now represents. It must be noted Ntshidi never disclosed to EWN his political ambitions.”
Sanef has expressed disappointment in Ntshidi’s decision.