Our response to return of Sunday Times’ award – Anton Harber

Convenor of judges of Taco Kuiper Award expresses disappointment that Cato Manor Death Squad report fell short

Statement from the Judging Panel, Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism

Oct 16, 2018

The Sunday Time’s “Cato Manor Hit Squad” story was joint runner-up for the Taco Kuiper Prize for Investigative Journalism in 2013. We note the editor’s admission today that they “committed mistakes [in their reporting] and allowed ourselves to be manipulated by those with ulterior motives”, and their decision to return the prize. We appreciate their honesty in dealing with this.

Our panel of judges made the award in good faith. We are deeply disappointed that this entry has now been shown to have fallen short. South Africa has an excellent record of fine investigative journalism and the Awards will continue to support, promote and recognise the best of it and be vigilant in upholding the highest standards.

Statement issued by Anton Harber, Convenor of Judges, Taco Kuiper Award for Investigative Journalism, 16 October 2018 via http://journalism.co.za