Sanef to take legal action against BLF 'thugs' over intimidation of journos

The South African Nation Editors’ Forum (Sanef) says it will not tolerate the intimidation of journalists and violation of media freedom.

Sanef plans to file an interdict against the Black First Land First (BLF) group after the movement threatened to continue protests at the homes of journalists they say support white monopoly capital and white corruption.

Last week, BLF picketed outside Business Day journalist Peter Bruce's house, accusing him of being racist and writing fake news.

Read: 'Gupta Paid Twitter' plot to spy on journos months in the making

Sanef's media freedom sub committee chair Sam Mkokeli explains that the court action is in an effort to uphold democratic principles for all South Africans.

We find the need to go to court so that the space for journalism is protected. It's about South Africa's democracy. Media freedom is for everyone.

Sam Mkokeli, chairperson of Sanef's media freedom sub committee

Mkokeli says Sanef is encouraged to hear that Police Minister Fikile Mbalula will also take action against the intolerance shown towards journalists.

LISTEN: We will not tolerate white monopoly capital - BLF

He maintains that the threatening of journalists amounts to a blatant attack on democracy, and should not be taken lightly by citizens.

Also read: State resources might have been used to spy on journos

According to Mkokeli, the intimidation is an attempt to silence the voice of media, so that state corruption can continue unabated.

Take a listen to Sanef explain the importance of media freedom:

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