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SPH disciplines two Straits Times editors after ‘improper relations’ with same member of staff

Two editors from Singapore Press Holdings flagship title, The Straits Times, have been disciplined after having “improper relations” with the same junior member of staff who ended up in hospital, it has emerged.One of the Straits Times editors will be removed from his post, demoted and redeployed, while the other will also be redeployed, have his salary docked and given a written warning.

Yahoo News quoted ST editor Warren Fernandez as saying the pair did not immediately get sacked “largely because of the good work they’ve done.”

SPH said it opened an internal investigation after a female member of staff was taken to hospital. Mothership reported that it understood the woman attempted suicide and is now recovering at home.

SPH said in a statement: “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 internal inquiry probed two separate allegations of “improper relations with a subordinate member of staff against two ST editors”.

“It has found sufficient grounds to conclude that the two editors concerned had breached SPH’s code of conduct,” the media firm said. “SPH takes a serious view of any transgression of its code of conduct for its staff and will not hesitate to take appropriate measures following a full and transparent inquiry process.

“The two will face disciplinary action, commensurate with the seriousness of their actions.”

Mothership reported that one of the editors has been with The Straits Times for at least eight years while the other was a regular columnist for The Sunday Times.

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