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SanefNews24 reports that the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has declined a request to meet with the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) to discuss threats and intimidation leveled at the media by its leader, Julius Malema.  

Sanef chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase said in a statement on Tuesday:  ''While we acknowledge Malema's right to criticise the media, we remain gravely concerned about the threats and intimidation of individual journalists – often women – who report critically on the EFF, and the chilling effect this may have in newsrooms.  'A meeting with the EFF leadership was the first step in Sanef's response to these threats and we believed was absolutely essential before the elections.''  The request came after Julius Malema launched an attack on the media in which he dubbed certain journalists ''the defense force of President Cyril Ramaphosa and Pravin Gordhan" outside the venue hosting the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.  "One of the journalists singled out by Malema was physically accosted while shopping and others faced abuse on social media," Mahlase indicated.  Sanef also called on all supporters of media freedom to join them in speaking out against the continued bullying and intimidation of journalists.

  • Read the full original report by Canny Maphanga at News24
  • Read too, Sanef urges journalists to leave political events if they feel bullied, under threat, at News24
  • Read Sanef’s press statement at Politicsweb


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