There are other ways to take media to task, says media body

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) says there are several regulatory bodies in South Africa to address questionable media practices.

FXI executive director Tusi Fokane says there is no excuse for the physical harassment and intimidation of journalists and other media practitioners.

The FXI has welcomed the court interdict which has ordered the Black First Land First (BLF) group to stop harassing, intimidating, assaulting and threatening journalists.

Fokane says individuals and groups can take journalists or media outlets to task through regulatory bodies such as the Press Obudsmand and the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA).

She has thanked South Africans for their overwhelming public support towards the media.

The role of South African courts is very important in upholding and defending the rights if the media and the rights to freedom of expression.

Tusi Fokane, Executive Director at Fxi

Fokane outlined the rights and responsibilities of media freedom in South Africa.

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