Media24, ex-editor fined for Jurie story

2011-12-08 10:15

Johannesburg - Media24 and former Huisgenoot editor Esmare Weideman have to pay R75 000 in fines for publishing an article alleging sexual abuse by Afrikaans singer Jurie Els, according to a report on Thursday.

Beeld newspaper reported that the High Court in Cape Town made the ruling on Wednesday, after Weideman and Media24 were found guilty of contempt of court in the Supreme Court of Appeal last year.

In February 2008 Huisgenoot published an article about Els, in which the singer Robbie Klay claimed he was molested by him. Els's name was not mentioned in the article, but he was named in the magazine's editorial.

Weideman has to pay a fine of R15 000 and Media24 R60 000, the high court ruled.

Judge Daniel Dlodlo said in his ruling that the independence of the media was a cornerstone of democracy, and that the courts would always protect and support media freedom.

Els has been aquitted on charges of molesting Klay.

Comments

  • Zion - 2011-12-08 11:10

    Strange how far the media will go to score a scoop and the funny side is they get kicked under their backside when they produce it. Suppose that is cutting edge journalism.

  • Selwyn - 2011-12-08 12:16

    She too ugly to have an affair with!!!!

  • Johan - 2012-04-04 19:04

    Betaal! Die Huisegenoot is mos die huisvrou se Son`Beide teer op ander mense se ongeluk en hartseer.

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