I want to express my utter disappointment with the journalism one finds at News24. As far as I know, journalism should endorse the following five core principles: truth and accuracy, independence, fairness and impartiality, humanity and accountability (https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/who-we-are/5-principles-of-journalism).
Where are the five core principles in News24’s investigation so far and the call for a boycott of Aquelle? From what one reads, the investigation includes all the people that are unhappy with their experiences at the mission. However, one does not find any trace of what people who are staying on the mission, have to say about these allegations. Was this a real investigation? Have any of those who conducted the investigation ever come to visit the mission, to talk to people and ask their opinion? I get the impression that this was not the case.
Our common law is quite clear on this about the Audi alteram partem
principle. Let the other side be heard as well. This is the principle that no person or company or group should be judged without a fair hearing where each party has the opportunity to respond to the evidence against them. I do not find it so far in your ‘research’ and you are already asking for a boycott!
I challenge you and News24 to adhere to the principles of journalism, as well as the audi alteram partem rule and include the mission and all people involved in your investigation.
It is premature to ask for a boycott without a proper analysis, which includes all groups. Rather, it will be a much better idea to invite all groups to sit around the table.
I thank you.
Suzette du Toit