The Sunday Times has dismissed claims that a journalist was suspended for refusing to write a “fabricated” front page article about the links between former president Jacob Zuma and the Bosasa scandal.
A statement alleged to be from former journalist at The New Age and ANN7 Farida Joyce has been circulated on social media and on WhatsApp.
Joyce has since gone on to set the record straight in a tweet.
This article was NOT written by me and I would like to distance myself from the article it's Fake News I have never worked at the @SundayTimesZA someone else has used my name to write lies pic.twitter.com/WmBafRmylt— Daughter of the King 👸 (@FaridaJoyce) January 20, 2019
My friend @FaridaJoyce has never worked for the @SundayTimesZA. I called the number at the bottom of the statement and a male claiming to be "Khaya Joyce" answered the phone. When I demanded 2 speak 2 Farida he said he'd let her know & she'd revert back to me. This is fake news! https://t.co/v8HLj1mBnz— Natasha Nokuthula Phiri (@NatashaN_Phiri) January 20, 2019
Guys, that Farida Joyce message is FAKE. I’ve never met or worked with such a person in my life. I wrote the Sunday Times front page.— Qaanitah|Mzekezeke|Hunter (@QaanitahHunter) January 20, 2019
Today my heart goes out to Farida Joyce- a young journalists whose name was brought into a cheap attempt to discredit the Sunday Times. Some of us have thicker skins, but I know it cannot be easy for her.— Qaanitah|Mzekezeke|Hunter (@QaanitahHunter) January 20, 2019
Sunday Times Political Editor Sibongakonke Shoba says the publication has never appointed Joyce.
He says this is part of a strategy to discredit the paper.
It is part of a strategy to further discredit Sunday Times. It started on Saturday, the day we were writing the story. Questions that we had sent to people who were mentioned in the story were distributed to WhatsApp groups of the ANC.— Sibongakonke Shoba, Sunday Times Political Editor
It is also part of a strategy to intimidate journalists from writing these stories.— Sibongakonke Shoba, Sunday Times Political Editor
Speaking to Karima Brown, Joyce says she is surprised that her name was used in the statement.
I am actually surprised that my name would have been chosen because I am a young upcoming journalist. I have only been in the industry for four years.— Farida Joyce, former journalist at The New Age and ANN7
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