SanefNews24 reports that the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) will not appeal the Equality Court judgment in its case against the EFF and its leader Julius Malema, but will use interdicts and criminal recourse to protect journalists.  

Treasurer Adriaan Basson said on Wednesday:  "After careful consideration and legal advice, Sanef accepts, with the benefit of hindsight, that the Equality Court was not the appropriate forum to air our concerns.  We take note of the judgment that hate speech is very explicitly targeted against a person's inherent features as prescribed by the Constitution.  Although Sanef finds certain aspects of the judgment problematic, we are pleased that the court has acknowledged the importance of protecting journalists."  Last week, Judge Daisy Molefe ruled against Sanef in a case brought against the EFF on behalf of five journalists to interdict the party from intimidating, harassing and assaulting journalists.  In her judgment, Molefe said that journalists did not qualify for special protection in terms of the Equality Act.  She also found that unpopular, offensive or controversial views did not necessarily constitute hate speech.  Sanef had hoped for an interdict preventing the publication of the personal information of the complainants; stopping the endorsement of intimidation, harassment and threats of assault against them; and, seeking that the EFF and Malema would publicly denounce such actions by the party's supporters.

Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Jenni Evans at News24

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