COZA Cartoon: Punch Fires, Appoints New Editors

Martin Ayankola

BEVERLY HILLS, July 11, (THEWILL) – The management of Punch newspaper has appointed new editors for its daily and weekend titles following the sack of the former helmsmen.

The newspaper, after interviewing about 15 people, appointed Ademola Oni as the Daily Editor to replace Martin Ayankola who was fired.

Oni was the Sunday Editor of the newspaper before his elevation as the Daily Editor.

The paper had fired Ayankola over an offensive cartoon published on its back page last Thursday.

Also asked to resign was the Saturday Editor, Olabisi Deji-Folutile over the same issue while the cartoonist of the newspaper was sacked.

Dayo Oketola was appointed by the company as the Weekend Editor for both Saturday and Sunday publications.

Oketola was formerly the Business Editor of the Daily newspaper.

There was an outrage over the cartoon published on the back page of the paper last Thursday on the opinion page column written by Abimbola Adelakun, with the title “What Does Mrs. Fatoyinbo Know.”

The article was illustrated with a cartoon of a man desecrating the Holy Bible with urine.

This generated displeasure against the newspaper for publishing such offensive cartoon aimed at casting aspersion on the Christian faith.

The paper had tendered an apology to the public over the offensive cartoon which read: “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.”

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