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Aug. 11, 2021

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Chief Justice slams media

Chief Justice slams media

Chief Justice Sakoane Sakoane

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CHIEF Justice Sakoane Sakoane has slammed media practitioners, accusing them of inaccurate reporting of court proceedings.

The onslaught occurred on Monday in the High Court after an article was published in the Post Newspaper, showing that Mothetjoa Metsing and Selibe Mochoboroane had been wrongfully added in the case against soldiers facing murder charges.

The CJ addressed the media prior to hearing arguments in an application in which the two political leaders are challenging their joinder in the criminal case.
He warned the media to report factually and properly analyse what was said in court, ordering the publication in question to make the essential corrections in the next issue.

King’s Counsel Motiea Teele who is involved the case suggested that the editor of the paper should be summoned before the Registrar of the High Court to explain the mistake.

This was after the reporter who wrote the article explained that what appeared in the paper was not the correct version of her original report.

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KC Teele said there is information that at times, editors alter stories that have been written by reporters.
This was not the first time the media went under fire for inaccurate reporting.

They were recently blasted for allegedly misquoting a witness in the ongoing murder trial of the former army boss, Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao. LeNA

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