ANOTHER Cape Times front page has been judged as among the world’s 10 best on the day, by the prestigious Newseum in Washington.
The front page on Friday featured the then US president-elect Donald Trump’s pending inauguration later that day, with the banner headline, “Duck, it’s Donald”.
This is the third time in less than a year that the Cape Times has featured in the top 10.
Independent Media executive chairman Iqbal Survé said: “First of all, congratulations to the editor and the editorial team at the Cape Times for having put together a newspaper front page which has been regarded as one of the top 10 in the world at The Newseum for the third time in a year.
“It's quite a feat for a South African newspaper and a testament to the great team and leadership at the Cape Times. It's also great that the Cape Times has highlighted a plight which has been taken up by various campaigns, both locally and abroad, and that the newspaper still strives for excellence despite the negative elements it has faced in the past.
“The Cape Times continues to show it is a world-class newspaper despite this. I think it is wonderful that the Cape Times is recognised as world-class as it has shown that it can highlight issues on a local, national and international level while remaining community driven.”
Cape Times editor Aneez Salie said: “We are humbled and honoured at this third recognition in a year from the Newseum.
“I’d like to hail our talented team that has come in the top 10 out of 1 000 newspapers on a huge story like Trump, beating even the mighty US papers in their own backyard.
“It’s a direct result of a change in ownership, leadership and ethos at the Cape Times and Independent.
“We are pleased to subsequently have been shown to be in step with millions of sisters and other marchers around the world, including here in Cape Town at the Company’s Garden, the very first colonial enterprise.
“The Cape Times aims to build bridges within and between communities, the very antithesis of the Trump wall.”
The Newseum Director of Public Relations Jonathan Thompson said: “This one stood out among the nearly 1 000 front pages we receive daily.”
The Trump front page also sparked a massive response on Twitter, where an image of the front page was re-tweeted in several countries, including Belgium and France.