NewsDay editor suspended

HARARE - Alpha Media Holdings (AMH) yesterday suspended the editor of NewsDay, Constantine Chimakure, after the daily published two articles that the newspaper itself admitted suffered “ethical infractions”.

Chimakure was suspended over two stories carried in the paper on Wednesday and Thursday titled “Mbeki speaks on Zim polls, chaotic land reform”, and “Mugabe offers Tsvangirai VP post.”

Both stories have been strongly denied by MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and former South African President Thabo Mbeki.

“We feel the stories fell short of the basic journalistic standards set in our ethics guidelines; how we put accuracy to the test, the AMH Code of Ethics and the AMH Pledge whose tenets are fundamental to our operations,”  AMH editor-in-chief Vincent Kahiya said yesterday.

Surprisingly, Chimakure professed ignorance of his suspension yesterday, saying he was yet to be served with any such papers as he was on his way from a funeral in Chivhu.

But AMH said it would appoint an investigator to probe the “acts of misconduct” and if Chimakure had a case to answer, “the editor will be charged in terms of the AMH Code.”

This is not the first time that NewsDay has run into editorial headwinds in the few years that the newspaper has been on the street.

Chimakure is the fourth editor of the paper in three years after his predecessors Barnabas Thondlana, Vincent Kahiya and Brian Mangwende were removed unceremoniously by the trigger-happy proprietors of the paper.

The media house’s staff were also recently reported to be very unhappy after the company sent a notice to workers detailing the staggering of salaries, amid claims that morale among staff was very low at both its Harare and Bulawayo offices.

Alpha Media Holdings is partly-owned and funded by the New York-based Media Development Investment Fund, which also supports Trevor Ncube’s Mail & Guardian in South Africa.

Comments (12)

Is this not the same media stable, this Alpha Media, that has routinely boasted about being the most accurate and neutral in the country – and which takes particular delight at pointing out other newspapers' mistakes?

Magagula - 31 August 2013

Mr Magagula, I think I've previously pointed it out to you that we should all try not to rub it in these guys faces. They did what they did out of naivety and petty competitive spirit and will have learnt a lesson from these sad mistakes.

Mercy - 31 August 2013

Suspending Chimakure is a ruse to cover up this fledgling newspaper's forthcoming staff retrenchments. It's pathetic really.

NewsDay Staffer - 31 August 2013

ADVICE: Do something for yourself, for your beloved family. Don't waste your time talking politics while others are enjoying their lives with money without talking politics. See how this Zimbabwean poor woman became a millionaire just by buying and selling accident cars. Very interesting. Go to (USED.CO) not dot com, to see the methods and companies she was using to do that (USED.CO) not dot com, it is a very simple idea but a very powerful One, Wake up Africans

Vada - 1 September 2013

The Newsday's suspension of its seasoned editor, Constantine Chimakure shows that they are a serious newspaper which does not tolerate filing uncollaborated news items. Yours is an example for other newspapers that have a cavalier and unprofessional attitude towards their mercenary editors and journalists who are contemptuous to professional journalism. The best/worst example of such unprofessional practice is your GIFT PHIRI.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 2 September 2013

Uuuum! I guess this pathetic forum is the reason why the appropriately named "Reason" Nyundo spends so much time trawling and commenting about your stories! Interesting. May I suggest that the reasonable "Reason" spends more time appreciating his reasonable news media and not cause himself an unnecessary heart attack by reading unreasonable media

Jonso Musorodamba - 2 September 2013

in Zimbabwe we have been drilled by zanu jongwe to celebrate or defend wrong things. here we have a newspaper showing us its seriousness about accurate reporting and we attack the employers for reprimanding their employee for misfiring. Lord have mercy!!!

Black Crow - 2 September 2013

Black Crow you've made an important point, if only it were not for the hypocrisy of Trevor Ncube and his goons here at Alpha Media. The fact, as I've pointed above, is that the suspension of Chimakure is a ruse to cover up this fledgling newspaper's forthcoming staff retrenchments. So, one can't say that this is a principled move. At any rate, we are always encouraged to attack others when it suits the owner and his CEO here.

NewsDay Staffer - 2 September 2013

Alpha Media have done the right think. All other media houses must learn from this. Journalists want others to be accountable but they themselves do not want to be accountable! How ironic! Ndindingwe rinonakidzwa richakweva rimwe, kana rokwebwa roti mavara angu azara ivhu.

james - 3 September 2013

Its a lesson to you Daily News. Remember the Makandiwa issue, what did you? Nothing!

Ropafadzo - 3 September 2013

Nothing indeed.

Cde James - 3 September 2013

Jonso Musorodamba, for your information I appreciate any educative contribution. I hope you do the same.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 3 September 2013

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