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'Dawes tried to use Sanef for M&G agenda'

Karima Brown says former M&G editor Nic Dawes tried to use Sanef to block Iqbal Survé.

Independent Group Executive Editor Karima Brown. Picture: Facebook.com

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Group executive editor Karima Brown says she believes former Mail & Guardian (M&G) editor Nic Dawes tried to hijack the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef), to block the sale of the group to Iqbal Survé.

She claims that's because M&G owner, Trevor Ncube, wanted to buy some of the Independent's papers himself.

Earlier this week, Ncube said the Independent Group ran stories about M&G's finances because its reporters were investigating the group's finances.

Brown says Dawes tried to use Sanef for M&G's agenda.

"I find it ridiculous that Ncube is trying to suggest that this is about media freedom."

Dawes has denied there was a conspiracy against Survé saying the idea is completely ludicrous.

He's admitted the issue wasn't handled well by Sanef, but added he tried to explain the background to Survé during a telephone conversation from Thailand.

Dawes argued the issue would be funny if it weren't so tragic.

"At the time Sanef was debating the issue I had already announced that I would be moving to India."

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