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SanefNews24 reports that the EFF and its top leadership has come under fire after veteran journalist Karima Brown was verbally abused and received threatening messages after her cellphone number was published on Twitter.  

This came after Brown mistakenly posted an editorial brief in an EFF media WhatsApp group after the party posted an invitation to an EFF ‘Breakfast With The Elderly’ function.  Brown responded:  "Keep an eye out for this.  Who are these elders.  Are they all male and how are they chosen.  Keep watching brief (sic)."  She later deleted the message.  EFF leader Julius Malema then tweeted a screenshot of the message, which included Brown's cellphone number, saying: "Karima Brown is sending moles to our breakfast with the elders tomorrow, she incidentally sends the message to the @EFFSouthAfrica media WhatsApp group and deleted it immediately."  This ignited a barrage of abusive responses from EFF members, accusing Brown of being a spy and calling her a whore and a bitch, among other insults and threats.  Since then, Brown has been the target of abusive messages and even rape threats.  The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Wednesday condemned what it termed "the systemic, abusive and cruel social media attack” levelled against Karima Brown by Malema and his supporters.  Sanef called on the EFF leadership to "stop with this vicious attack on the media and allow journalists to do their work without fear and intimidation".

  • Read the full original of Riaan Grobler’s detailed report on this story at News24
  • Read too, Sanef warns of rise in attacks on journalists, at EWN
  • Sanef’s press statement on this matter is at Sanef News


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