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Ethical minefield Doing sex exposés are often an ethical minefield if there is no corruption, maladministration or high-level politicians or public officials involved. Were these things thought through at the Sowetan when the staff planned their loud, steamy front page? The story - about a 17-minute video of a police reservist and a correctional services officer having sex in a hospital in Krugersdorp while they waited for a suspect to be treated - ticked all the right titillation boxes and it was a laugh in a tacky sort of a way, but what is it doing on the front page of the Sowetan, which went upmarket a few years back to distinguish itself from the Daily Sun? A couple of weeks back, over the lackadaisical editing that saw Eric Miyeni's creepy rant against City Press editor Ferial Haffajee make it into print. This week we've had the cop sex video on Monday's front page that has quickly become such a talking point in South Africa. But maybe that's for us media luvvies to ponder. Will they be hurt or victimised if her identity becomes known?. Indicating, we thought, that the candidate was in it for the status rather than the craft.

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How you play it For one, it reminds us when it comes to sex, South Africans are not as conservative as we sometimes think. We've seen this kind of thing before - usually with kids, who don't realise how such things go viral. By late yesterday the articles had received 1290 comments. Probably not a good thing. Editors should be too busy to flounce about restaurants. It was Tweeted 55 times and had 347 comments. The two people involved here are low-level officials and he was dumb enough to video it and send it to a buddy.

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. I don't think any of this bodes well for the Sowetan under its new editor and new publishing team sent in by owners Avusa to put the paper back on track after the Miyeni saga. The seriousness of their conduct lies in complete disrespect for the people of this country. I think the paper would have a hard time defending it on an ethical basis, if organisations such as the Commission for Gender Equality and the Media Monitoring Africa take their further - or if there is a law suit or a complaint to the press ombudsman. Will this woman be victimised, threatened or physically hurt because of the story if her identity is known? Succession of weak editors And I think part of the answer lies in a succession of weak editors. How often do you go out to lunch? I don't have a whole lot of faith in the emergency Avusa team sent in sort out the paper and sister title Sunday World and I think the Sowetan has been all over the place since Avusa took over.

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. In this case, the Sowetan was neither first nor best - and it was on ethically shaky ground. Why it went up upmarket in the first place seemed like a weak manoeuvre. I'm all for newspapers surprising their readers every now but I wonder if this monster sell-out for the Sowetan will have a long-term cost for its brand and to the loyalty of the middle-class market the paper has been nurturing? A friend and I came up with a set of questions for prospective editors last week. District officials have been sent to the school to investigate and determine what course of action needs to be taken.

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Have you been a political reporter? And that's the most bizarre part of all of this. Secondly, it highlights that it's how you play it that counts. It's quite possible that the sex video had been touted around town for quite a while before it landed with City Press and the Sowetan. Patrick Conroy, the group head of news at e. A video has circulated of what is allegedly a teacher slapping pupils across the face in class at a Limpopo high school on August 14, 2019. What does this matter when the paper sold like hot cakes? City Press's more straight, sober take on the story didn't cause half the storm the Sowetan has. So patently wrong Not only is this story so patently wrong for the Sowetan's market but putting it on the front page would have more than irritated readers with children who, in our sexed-up day and age, really don't need curious questions from the kids while beating one's way through the traffic on the school run because they've spotted the raunchy pic in the hands of exuberant street sellers.

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Some were flippant: Will you buy a fancy car when you become editor? That's why the paper was flying off the shelves - because everyone was outraged by the cops showing disrespect to their uniforms and, therefore, the country. You expect bawdy stories such as this on the front page of the Daily Voice - which is why you buy that paper, no disrespect intended as the paper has its place in our media landscape. In the Sowetan, you'd expect such a story to be inside the paper - just as City Press. The maintainer does retain the right to remove any message posts for whatever reasons. It's hard to say as Mondli Makhanya, Avusa's editor-in-chief, referred Bizcommunity yesterday to Mkhabela while he did not respond to a request for comment. The paper carries a left-wing editorial tone, usually strongly favourable to the ruling African National Congress, and in 2006 carried a readership of 1.

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To me, the most bizarre thing about how the Sowetan played the story was that it amped up the sensationalism but also tried to moralise about the sex romp. All posted messages are the sole property of their respective authors. Other pupils watch, while a commotion can be heard in the background. Did the Sunday staff not actually read City Press? If not, I suspect there is more weird stuff to come from the paper. From an industry point of view, the sex-cop video story was confusing.

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I've written that I question Mthabela's suitability as a title editor as he wrote the infamous Sunday Times Transnet story and was one of the reporters on the earlier Land Bank story that led directly to a task team being called in to review the Sunday Times' news processes a few years back. Why give up the ground and readership so firmly won by former editor to the Daily Sun so quickly? Will you, therefore, cause uncalled-for harm by being sensational and plastering a picture on the front page rather than inside the paper? New editor Maybe the sex-cop video spells a repositioning for the Sowetan under the new editor, , who has just taken over after a year at the Daily Dispatch. The Sowetan Newspaper Information The Sowetan is an English language, South African newspaper that started in 1981 as a liberation struggle newspaper and was freely distributed to households in the black township of Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng Province. The biggest problem with the sex-cop video is that the public interest is debatable. Which means people already know about it - and possibly her identity. . .

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