Apology from Dr Jack & Curtis, EWN over cartoon

This is a note on EWN's cartoon posted on 28 May 2014.

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Yesterday we published a cartoon that sparked debate and criticism. We have read and heard many views and received much feedback on this matter, and taken all of them to heart.

We recognise that a political cartoon is open to individual interpretation. We accept that, however unintended, the commentary contained in the cartoon has offended some of our valued listeners, followers and readers, and we at EWN apologise for any unintended offence caused.

We have referred this feedback to the cartoonists for further discussion & consideration.

We at EWN will continue to strive for free speech & editorial independence, and realise the responsibility we carry.

Below is a statement from Dr Jack & Curtis:

We sincerely regret any offence that Tuesday's cartoon has brought to our readership, and the trouble it has brought for Eyewitness News who publishes many of our cartoons.

The response certainly caught us by surprise and has caused us distress. It has also allowed us to take time for reflection and introspection.

We had hoped that the cartoon would be seen as it was intended - a comment on President Jacob Zuma's recent cabinet announcement and some of the ministers in it. The cartoon was also meant to convey that in a constitutional democracy, WE The People (the Electorate), ultimately get the government that we deserve, and the punchline 'WE the Poephols' was intended to hold us collectively accountable for this.

We acknowledge that some will disagree with this assertion, and completely respect that view. We sincerely hope that, in turn, our views will be afforded the same respect. The cartoon was by no means intended to be a comment on race - but rather on the current political landscape.

On reflection, we regret that we have left our cartoon open to other interpretations, and we're sorry for any hurt this may have caused. Sometimes when one is too close to expressing one's own intentions, we lose sight of what others might see. We realise that this was such a case, and apologise unreservedly for any offence this has caused.


Dr Jack & Curtis