The Standard Media editor who delivered a blow to African quality journalism by promoting gender stereotyping and sexism by knowingly publishing false stories about women in Tanzania and Eritrea has been moved from his job. According to Kenyan media reports, Standard Media Group Digital Editor, David Ohito who approved two hoax stories was moved to another job.
Standard Group Digital Editor, David Ohito has tarnished the groups image and overall credibility and has been transferred to Kisumu to ‘put things in order’, a statement published by Kenyan Business read.
Two stories could have triggered the move by the media group according to close sources – the ban on mini-skirts in Tanzania and compulsory polygamy in Eritrea – could have necessitated the action.
Tanzania vehemently protested the story, with the office of President John Pombe Magufuli releasing a statement on the Standard, which was forced to pull out the story and apologise. Eritrean Information Minister, Yemane Gebremeskel, was not impressed either and expressed his disgust at the negative light in which Eritrea had been portrayed.