The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has written to the International News Media Association (INMA) to immediately remove the fake “Tembisa 10” story from a shortlist for the upcoming global media awards.. The story claimed that a 37-year-old Gauteng woman had broken a Guinness World Record by carrying and delivering 10 babies. The story was published by Pretoria news.
An independent media internal probe found the story was a hoax. Even after the questionable report could not be verified, Independent Media launched a video series about it. This work was entered in the INMA’s Global Media Awards under the category “Best Use of Social Media” and the winners will be announced in June.
Sanef expressed concern but has been informed judges looked at the quality of the social media campaign and not the story itself. The INMA further states it’s not able to reverse the jury’s decision. However, Sanef has called on the association to reconsider its stance, labelling the story ludicrous and an embarrassment to South African journalism.