On Sunday, the Tiso Blackstar owned newspaper Sunday Times was on the receiving end of a major social media backlash as thousands of users blocked the paper’s Twitter page for false reporting tactics that are largely perceived to be demeaning to black people in SA.
In a show of black solidarity on social media, users cited a series of fake stories allegedly published by the publication relating to a fake indictment that against the Guptas and former mining minister Mosebenzi Zwane that was said to have come from the National Prosecuting Authority.
In addition, the paper had published a report on former president Jacob Zuma, labelling him a “mampara of the week” after addressing supporters at his trial in KwaZulu-Natal last week.
Furthermore, the paper is accused of undermining the public protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane when she acted against Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s racist tweets on colonialism.
According to some of the users, South Africa’s media landscape is saturated with racist anti-black media which causes stress and anxiety and then tops that up with insults.
Tiso Blackstar, which owns the Sunday Times is no stranger to racism allegations that have been levelled against the institution.
In March, Africa News 24-7 revealed how the Sunday Times was caught in the middle of a race row as the company’s leading black investigative journalists lodged a scathing grievance report with the management of the group, citing low morale, racism and lack of financial benefits that are in contrast, afforded to white journalists in the publication.
Below are some of the tweets:
Just did the #BlockSundayTimes we are tired of fake news in defence of WMC. Tsek!
— andile (@Mngxitama) June 17, 2018
Dear Stratcom: STOP insulting black people, I repeat; do not provoke us. Mam Winnie was the last one. We will deal with you #BlockSundayTimes
— Evaluating Sphithiphithi… (@_Revolution18) June 17, 2018
— Peggy Karfilis (@ptypk) June 17, 2018