2 Straits Times editors redeployed from newsroom for allegedly having affair with same subordinate staff

One editor will have his salary docked.

Belmont Lay | October 03, 2018, 05:10 PM

Two editors from The Straits Times have been redeployed from their roles after they were found to have had improper relations with a junior staff.

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) convened an internal inquiry after a member of its staff from the ST newsroom was hospitalised last week. She is now recovering at home.

It is understood she had attempted suicide.

In a statement on Oct. 3, SPH said: "Our top priority is to ensure she receives all medical attention and assistance she needs as well as to provide help to her family at this difficult time."

The panel looked into allegations of two separate instances of improper relations with a subordinate member of staff against two ST editors that have been made in connection to this matter.

Mothership understands that one of the editors suspended has been an editor in ST for at least eight years. The other editor penned a regular column in The Sunday Times.

It has found sufficient grounds to conclude that the two editors concerned had breached SPH's code of conduct.

The two will face disciplinary action.

One of the editors is understood to be the staff's direct supervisor.

One editor will be removed from his post, demoted and redeployed.

The other will be given a written warning, have his salary docked, and redeployed.

The statement also added: "SPH takes a serious view of any transgressions of its code of conduct for its staff and will not hesitate to take appropriate measures following a full and transparent inquiry process."


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