File: Journalist Karima Brown received messages threatening her life after EFF leader Julius Malema tweeted her phone number.
JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has condemned what it called "the systematic, abusive and cruel social media attack levelled against Talk Show Host and veteran journalist Karima Brown," by EFF leader Julius Malema and his supporters.
On Tuesday, Malema tweeted a screengrab of a WhatsApp media statements group, which included Brown's cellphone number.
This resulted in a number of people messaging her, calling her names including "an Indian whore and b*tch", threatening her safety and her life, and accusing her of sending moles to EFF events to spy on them.
Julius Malema tweeted journalist Karima Brown's number, resulting in her getting threats.
"The attacks on women in media in particular and the abuse levelled against them is contrary to the spirit of wanting to protect women in a country where violence against women has reached pandemic levels."
The editor's forum urged the EFF to deal with any concerns the party has with Brown in the correct forum, including the Broadcasting Complaints Commission or the Press Ombudsman.
Sanef urged the Independent Electoral Commission to monitor "these transgressions against the media and educate political parties on the Electoral Act that allows the media to operate in a free and fair environment".