EFF declines to meet Sanef

The EFF has declined a meeting request from the South African National Editors' Forum. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The EFF has declined a meeting request from the South African National Editors' Forum.

Sanef wants to discuss threats and intimidation levelled against journalists in the wake of inflammatory statements made by EFF leader Julius Malema. 

Referring to journalists, he reportedly told party members to 'deal with them decisively.' 

“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,” Sanef said.

“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.

“SANEF will continue to seek legal advice on remedies available to us to protect journalists from bullying and intimidation by politicians. Our Council meeting resolved that journalists should feel free to leave press conferences or rallies by political parties if they feel under threat or intimidated. 

“Further, we encourage all journalists to show solidarity and support colleagues under threat by also leaving press conferences and rallies.”

Sanef says it calls on all supporters of media freedom to join us in speaking out against the continued bullying and intimidation of journalists.

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eNCA