Press Communiqué: Retraction request to L’express

Press Communiqué: Retraction request to L’express

17 September 2018

Mr Nad Sivaramen
Director of Publications
La Sentinelle

Dear Mr Sivaramen,

I write to you concerning the article published in L’express on 13 September 2018, entitled Certificat non délivré: Krishna Athal fait l’objet d’une Precautionary Measure.

  1. “Il a suivi un cours en leadership auprès de YUVA, dont le directeur est Krishna Athal. Or l’organisme refuse de lui donner son certificat.”
    Another candidate following the same course had served us with a formal letter of complaint against Kadressen Vydelingum (alias Niven) detailing harassment. For this reason, his certificate was retained until the internal inquiry being carried out has been duly completed and the case settled.
  1. “…l’étudiant a suivi ce cours afin d’obtenir le «Certificate in Leadership for Social Challenges».”
    We offer no such course under this name. Instead, we offer the Certificate in Leadership for Social Change.
  1. “C’est pour cette raison qu’il n’a pas hésité à payer les frais de Rs 1 000.”
    The course fee is actually registered at the MQA for Rs 8,000, however our course fee is only Rs 1,000 from participants because our priority is to impart and share knowledge rather than simply make profit.
  1. “…Krishna Athal ne possède pas les accréditations nécessaires pour délivrer ce cours.” – Quoted from the article
    “YUVA n’aurait pas les accréditations nécessaires pour délivrer le Certificate in Leadership for Social Challenges.” – Quoted from L’express’ Facebook page
    YUVA works in collaboration with the Stephen Business School to run the program. The program is fully registered under the following:
  1. “Le journaliste reconnaît ses erreurs. Toute information erronée est corrigée dans les trois jours suivant la publication ou à la première opportunité. Au besoin, ce rectificatif est accompagné d’excuses. Toute personne mise en cause peut prétendre à un droit de réponse.” – Quoted from L’express’ Code De Déontologie

The publication of this article has caused prejudice to YUVA. The article has also placed the Organisation’s integrity into question and has tarnished the efforts and pioneering work that we have, until such time, been doing.

The journalist who penned this article did not, at any time, exercise his/her journalistic integrity by contacting YUVA for clarification, context or factual information, and instead published a one-sided and half-truth piece of writing.

We strongly condemn the publication of this article and the repercussions it is leading the Organisation to face. We appeal to you to rectify the same.


Krishna Athal
Executive Director

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Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.

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