South African newspaper Daily Sun has issued a public apology to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and the ECG family for the ‘biased, unfair, misleading and damning allegations’ it has been publishing against him and the church.
The paper—using the front page of its Wednesday 27th edition—has also unconditionally withdrawn the stories run both on its print and online editions.
The apology and withdrawal follows a ruling by the South Africa’s press Ombudsman after Prophet Bushiri lodged a complaint against the paper for continued bad press towards him and ECG church.
Of particular interest was the story the paper run accusing Prophet Bushiri and ECG of sex scandals. The paper used complainants that were faceless, unknown and unidentified.
In his ruling Press Ombudsman Johan Retief said Daily Sun reportage of Prophet Bushiri has indeed caused considerable—if not irreparable—harm to Bushiri’s reputation, as well as to the church and its leadership.
Retief added that because that, Daily Sun breached South Africa Press Code by failing to report news fairly; to verify the accuracy of doubtful information and also to exercise care and consideration in matters involving dignity and reputation.
In his ruling, Retief directed that Daily Sun must unconditionally apologise to Prophet Bushiri, the ECG and the church’s leaders for publishing the damning allegations; and unreservedly withdraw those statements.
In their apology and withdrawal, published on Wednesday 27, Daily Sun wrote: “We unconditionally apologise to Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, the ECG and the church’s leaders for publishing the allegations. We unreservedly withdraw those statements that were published.”