'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.
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."