PUNCH fires editor Mr. Martin Ayankola over article ‘What Does Mrs. Fatoyinbo Know’ with an offensive cartoon
An outrage sparked when PUNCH newspaper published an article by Abimbola Adelakun with an offensive cartoon at the back page of July 4th, 2019 edition titled ‘What Does Mrs. Fatoyinbo Know’.
As a result, PUNCH management has fired the editor of its daily title, Mr. Martin Ayankola, and also asked to put the pen down is the editor of its Saturday title, Mrs. Bisi Deji-Folutile.
The cartoon which sparked the outrage, illustrating the article by Abimbola Adelakun, potrayed a man desecrating the bible with urine.
The publication had generated lots of displeasure against the newspaper for publishing such offensive cartoon aimed at casting aspersion on the Christian faith and the Lord Jesus Christ.
It was gathered that the board held an emergency meeting on Monday where Ayankola, was ordered to appear and forced to resign his appointment.
It was learnt that Ayankola had just completed a one-week suspension before he was fired by the newspaper over the offensive cartoon.
Also, the Saturday Editor, Deji-Folutile was also asked to resign for allegedly playing a role in the publication, while the cartoonist of the newspaper was sacked. More people are still being investigated, while the columnist, Abimbola Adelakun, was asked to rest her column.
The PUNCH had also tendered an apology to the public over the offensive cartoon.
The apology reads:
“On the back of the page of the Thursday, July 4, 2019 edition of the PUNCH, we published a cartoon to illustrate an article titled, ‘What does Mrs Fatoyinbo know?’ The cartoon features a character desecrating the Holy Bible.
“We apologise for the offensive cartoon and assure our esteemed readers that we hold the Christian faith in high regard. We have since commenced the process of applying appropriate sanctions to the members of staff responsible, and we shall be reviewing our editorial process to prevent re-occurrence.”