Ombud dismisses complaint against The Star

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gwede may 12 INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

The Press Ombudsman has made two rulings after the DA complained about stories in The Star and The Sunday Independent, dismissing one complaint in its entirety, and partly dismissing and partly upholding the second.

The first complaint related to The Star’s report about the DA’s continued association of a working paper produced by consultants to the SA Reserve Bank with its election campaign.

In the story, The Star reported how the DA continued to associate its economic policies with a working paper produced by consultants to the reserve bank, despite warnings from the bank from February that the DA should desist from doing this.

This complaint was entirely dismissed by the press ombud.

The second complaint, against The Sunday Independent, related to a story about a tweet which compared ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to genocidal white-supremacist Adolf Hitler.

The tweet in question was addressed to DA leader Helen Zille and the party’s director of communications, Gavin Davis.

This complaint was partly dismissed and partly upheld by the press ombudsman.

For the full findings, go to www.presscouncil.co.za. - IOL


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