Sunday Times18 January 2015
ANC's 103 Birthday Bash and the Praise Singers
The ANC celebrated their party’s 103rd birthday in Cape Town. There was much black, green and gold in the streets of Cape Town as ANC leadership and supporters flooded into the city to celebrate. Independent Newspaper's Group Executive Editor, Karima Brown and Group Editor of Opinion and Analysis, Vukani Mde, posted pictures of themselves decked out in ANC regalia attending the party’s 103rd celebrations in Cape Town. The question is how independent are Independent Newspapers. Marianne Thamm writes "Both Brown and Mde are experienced journalists who have covered the political landscape for several publications for many years. They both bring unique insights into the workings and troubles of the ruling party. But while there is a significant difference between standing for political office and donning the colours of a political party at a rally, one must question both these senior editors public display of their political allegiances."
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- True colours shining through: Should journalists be draping themselves in party political colours? - Marianne Thamm writes "The myth of the objective journalist has long been shattered. It never existed. Journalists are human and by nature gravitate towards specific ideologies and ways of thinking shaped by a myriad of influences and factors. We are not blank slates. Ultimately, however, our job is to monitor and to hold power to account – whatever its colours."