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Sanef not OK with PSL comp

2012-08-13 19:05

Johannesburg - A new competition for soccer reporters by the Premier Soccer League (PSL) violates professional journalism codes, the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) said on Monday.

"This competition seeks to turn journalists who use their skills to report and analyse football into gamblers," it said in a statement.

On Friday, PSL chairperson Irvin Khoza announced the competition, where sports journalists had to correctly predict the results of each game to win R500 000.

If the media company which employed the journalist did not allow them to win money from competitions, the prize would be donated to charity.

Sanef said Khoza had claimed the PSL consulted widely before deciding to hold the competition.

"Sanef wishes to place on record that it was not party to this 'extensive' consultation process, nor is it aware of any other credible industry bodies that were consulted about this competition."

It would have objected if it had been consulted as "the competition undermines the ethics of our profession".

Sanef did not object to journalists participating in other competitions, such as lotteries in their private capacity, but should not use their positions for gambling.

"Sanef will be seeking a meeting with the PSL to voice our concerns about this competition and its potentially corrosive impact on journalism and media ethics."

SAPA

Comments
  • okonkwo7 - 2012-08-13 19:30

    Thank you SANEF! Stick it to the corrupt PSL

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-08-13 19:50

    I agree with Sanef. Journalists must not be allowed to use their positions to win some 'lottery' .its unacceptable. Dr Khoza I believe you are a good football administrator but you are now making many mistakes ie u replaced the charity Cup with Black Label Cup ,a competition where your team and Chiefs compete with each other. Now you are launching a competition for journalits.

  • ralph.mthethwa - 2012-08-14 09:31

    Oh yeah i agree with Sanef ths competition,violates the ethical principles of journalism,bcoz predicting scores wil reveal the journalist biasness towards certain clubs.

  • ralph.mthethwa - 2012-08-14 09:31

    Oh yeah i agree with Sanef ths competition,violates the ethical principles of journalism,bcoz predicting scores wil reveal the journalist biasness towards certain clubs.

  • bonaqua.delpero - 2012-08-14 13:22

    Sanef is spot on....!!! NFD is seeking sponsorship by they prefer to gamble with the money for their own interest....:how is it going to assist SA football for its development I think none of that...only to enrich them....!!!! This is not acceptable,I totally disagree with them!!!!!

  • jackie.stone.501 - 2012-08-15 13:41

    I don't see anything wrong here, at least they can try to be objective in their analysis instead of always been biased.

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