Just over a week ago i posted an article about the Citizen newspaper controversially cloned two dead bodies out of a front page image HERE. The use of a digitally manipulated image was heavily critisised on social media platforms with Citizen photojournalist, Johann “Slang” Hattingh, taking to Twitter to voice his feelings. Yesterday the newspaper fired him.
He has been inactive on Twitter since the 20 September, but here’s a screengrab of one of his tweets.
The Citizen has however said that dismissing Hattingh was unrelated to the controversy surrounding the altered image.
“The Mail&Guardian (M&G) reported that the staff member was photographer Johann “Slang” Hattingh, who had drawn attention to the fact that the newspaper had doctored the image on its front page.”
“It said that Hattingh was found guilty of two charges, after a disciplinary hearing under an independent, external chairperson.
He was found to have “brought the company name into disrepute by making defamatory comments on Twitter” and “irretrievably damaging the trust relationship between employer and employee” [News24]
How is that unrelated to the front page image?