SA media harmed by self-censorship of racial friction
27 November 2011 Leave a comment
SA news media’s excessive self-censorship of racial friction leaves readers guessing… and invariably ill-informed:
Nov 27 2011 – By Adriana Stuijt email@example.com – A coloured pupil of Mooifontein Primary School in Norkem Park was allegedly badly beaten up by Jeugland Afrikaans High School pupils near a shopping centre on Nov 4 2011. Two Jeugland pupils were charged for the offence. The coloured mother of the injured pupil alleged that the attack was racially-motivated: yet the local Kempton Park Express has applied self-censorship in two articles about the incident — by failing to mention the race of the perpetrators. Yet in this case, it is entirely relevant.
The Express’ two articles merely IMPLY it — but its readers are still left guessing: saying the attackers allegedly were pupils of the Jeugland Afrikaans Christian High School in town: a school which has ‘coloured’ and ‘white’ Afrikaans-speakers.
And while the newspaper has the names of the attackers, it also apparently failed to obtain comment from the Jeugland parents whose children were charged – to find out whether any pre-existing racial frictions may have occurred between the pupils of the two Kempton Park schools before these incidents.
And this self-censorship continues: several weeks later, when the child’s angry mother has an interview with the newspaper in which she lambasts all the authorities who have dealt with this incident which had put her youngster in hospital, the Express STILL fails to write all the relevant facts about this case. One is STILL left guessing as to the race of the perpetrators. Why?
Why don’t the SA news media stop their self-censorship of racial frictions?
Are the South African news media failing in their duty to fully inform their readers in cases of racial frictions such as this with their excessive self-censorship? Is there some unwritten code floating around in the news rooms of South Africa which prohibit the SA news media from ever mentioning the race of any people involved in such racial incidents – even when it’s clearly very relevant?
Death threats against Farmitracker editor for daring to mention ‘race’ :
The reason we raise this question — is because specifically journalists from Caxton newspapers — to which the Kempton Park Express belongs, have been lambasting the independent criminology-website http://www.farmitracker.com for daring to mention the race of perpetrators and victims: and personally attacking the editor with verbal diatribes against his site, claiming he was ‘raping its news reports’ ; and demanding that the links to their news-items about specific incidents be removed. The editor of the site has even received death-threats on his cellphone and had to take measures to protect himself and his family.
Yet this site has a very specific purpose: it has for the past 18 months, been logging the great many violent attacks against ‘white’ residents in South Africa — because the South African Police Service refuses to do so. Yet the ANC-regime is constantly issuing propaganda statements claiming that all the the attacks against South African whites are just ‘ordinary crime’ without any kind of ‘racial motivations’ – yet the SAPS has also been totally unable to provide ANY statistics which could back up the ANC-regime’s propaganda with any kind of statistical evidence. They even from 2005, have stopped logging ‘farm-attacks’ against Boer-families seperately, saying that these were all ‘just ordinary crime incidents’.
Yet there are also many rapidly-growing accusations that the often exceedingly gruesome and violent attacks against South African whites – but especially against the Afrikaners – are often accompanied by a great amount of racist hatespeech towards the victims – that they are genocidal in nature. Many of the top-educated Afrikaners have already fled the country because of this, and more than 400 of them have already obtained political asylum in other countries because of these recorded incidents against them. link And Dutch-language countries in Europe – Flanders and the Netherlands – have raised questions in their parliaments about this very worrying development. link
Farmitracker was set up just before the World Cup 2010 tournaments, specifically to log such incidents — to establish whether the attacks against ‘whites’ and indeed also against South African Indians – may be genocidal in nature or not. Its task has been made nearly impossible because of the SA news media’s self-censorship – in many cases totally impossible: as the following recent incident in Kempton Park will demonstrate:
The mother told Kempton Park Express newspaper: “The boys came towards my son, pulled him and just started beating him without saying anything.
“Apparently the boys came towards my son, pulled him and just started beating him without saying anything,” recounted the mother in her interview with Kempton Park Express. Capt Lesibana Molokomme, Norkem Park SAPS spokesman, was also quoted as confirming two incidents of friction between the pupils of the two schools: and that both ‘incidents’ had occurred near Birchgate Shopping Centre along Kwartel Street and the P91 in Kempton Park.
He also said that ‘police did not believe it was a racially motivated assault but would continue to investigate the incident.’
Molokomme was quoted as saying that ‘ two girls, aged 13 and 12 from Mooifontein Primary School, were walking home the day before when three Jeugland pupils pushed them off their bicycles. “The girls were walking home with the 13-year-old boy when they met the same boys again the next day. The boys grabbed and started beating the boy. “When the police arrived, two of the suspects ran away,” said Molokomme. A charge of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm was brought against the two Jeugland pupils who were later released into their parents’ custody.
Yet despite this implication, the Express STILL did not mention the race of the attackers – even though it’s clearly now become very relevant to the story: the newspaper’s apparent excessive self-censorship leaves its readers guessing and accordingly, ill-informed.
After the attack on her child – for which the youth required hospitalisation – the mother (quite rightly too: I would have also marched straight into his office as any parent would have done in such a case ) — visited the deputy principal of Jeugland, Mr Schalk Bezuidenhout, together with the parent of the two Mooifontein HS girls who were also allegedly beaten a day earlier by Jeugland pupils. “We gave him the names of the pupils involved and the case number. As a responsible parent I would have expected him to have called the parents of the kids but we never heard from him, neither did we hear from the parents,” the mother was quoted as saying.
In her interview with the Express, the mother also slammed comments by Dr David Morris, principal of Jeugland: “He seemed more concerned about the reputation of the school than the human factor involved. He is not worried about the bullies or remedial action to be taken against them. “My son was hurt and landed in hospital and he did not seem to care. I am very much into intercultural learning and am willing to host those boys through community service so they can understand what life is about.”
She further lambasted the police’s handling of the matter, stating they had failed to communicate effectively with her and the schools.
Jeugland High School’s principal’s comment:
Speaking to EXPRESS nespaper, Mr Morris said he believed ‘he did not need to respond to the victim’s mother as an authoritative body had already been established in the form of the police.’ Morris was quoted as saying that ‘if the outcome of the case was a guilty one , he would bring forth remedial action towards the pupils and communicate to the rest of the school the seriousness of the incident and its repercussions: . Morris said he would ‘only react to facts and would not jeopardise the school’s name since the incident was out of his jurisdiction. The incident did not happen on the school grounds. A disciplinary hearing at this point would be inferior to a court hearing.”
On whether the incident was racially motivated, Morris did not actually admit whether it had been or not: instead he said that ‘racism had no place in his school’s way of thinking. We have coloured pupils here and there is no such thing as racism here. We teach our pupils morals and values and the proper way to act. We have expressed regret about this as we place a high value on respect. It is still very sad that this happened,” said Morris.
The newspaper also did not fully explain what ‘Jeugland’ was. It’s also not known from its two articles about this incident, whether there had been any ‘friction’ between the pupils of the two schools before this horrific incident – and if so why. The newspaper didn’t say.
And while the Express newspaper also claimed that they ‘knew the pupils’ identity’, they apparently failed to obtain comment from the parents of these children: in any case, there’s no mention in their report that they ‘d tried to contact the parents to find out whether they may be more to the story. And while journalists cannot write about court-cases while they were ‘sub-judice’ at that time, the Express apparently failed to establish whether there may have been incidents of racial friction before this attack – certainly this should have been done to establish a clear picture of the entire event?
Background: Jeugland is one of only a handful of Afrikaans-language Christian-Education High Schools (CVO) now left in the country: http://www.jeugland.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=25&Itemid=33
The Norkem Park police comment:
Col Nelson Manewa, Norkem Park branch commander, was quoted by the Express as saying that ‘a case of common assault to do grievous bodily harm was still being investigated”; that “two Jeugland pupils were charged and briefly appeared in court.” Manewa also said that ‘social workers were involved in the case as the two pupils were under age”. He also that that ‘arrangements would be made to visit the two schools.”
YET even now, the Express’ excessive self-censorship still leaves its readers guessing — and forced to read between the lines: by leaving out the racial identification of the perpetrators – even when as in this case it’s very relevant indeed.
The South African news media is doing its readers a great disservice by not reporting ALL the facts, in this case and many others: and those facts should include the race of the individuals involved.
links to both Caxton items:
Are attacks against Afrikaners genocidal in nature? The International campaign to Prevent Genocide, Genocide Watch, is a US-based organisation which since 2002 has gathered sufficient independent evidence to place Afrikaner ‘whites’ at the penultimate stage of all-out genocide: it’s now in the ‘preparation’ stage: http://www.genocidewatch.org/southafrica.html
Dutch, Flemish MPs raise issue of ‘Afrikaner genocide’ in European, Dutch and Belgian parliaments: http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2011/11/support-for-afrikaner-plight-from-dutch.html