EWN journalist Barry Bateman apologises to EFF"s Julius Malema, women for using p-word


- news24.com | 3 months ago

Eyewitness News (EWN) senior journalist Barry Bateman has apologised for the p-word slip-up he made after attending an impromptu briefing by EFF leader Julius Malema in September.

"I, Barry Bateman, unreservedly apologise to all South Africans; all women, Mr Julius Malema, the leader of the EFF, my employer, EWN, a part of the Primedia group and everyone else that I offended during my derogatory, insulting and obscene outburst on September 10, 2019. "As a senior journalist and a citizen of South Africa, I have a duty to uphold the highest ethical standards and professional conduct, whatever the circumstances or differences I may have with other newsmakers," Bateman said in a statement shared via his social media page on Tuesday.

Bateman was caught on camera using the words while chatting to a fellow reporter after Malema's briefing outside the Hawks' offices, News24 previously reported.

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