Numerous journalists have been mistreated at the 54th Afican National Conference.
The latest incident, involving journalist and chairperson of Sanef Media Freedom Subcommittee, Sam Mkokeli was captured on camera.
Mkokeli was manhandled and thrown out of the venue after complaining about the way journalists were being treated. He says that he is not the only journalist who has been mistreated.
It has happened to so many colleagues. There have been incidents colleagues have raised about sexual harassment by police official. When there is a media scrum, police show up, pushing journalists around, sometimes the will feel them up and fiddle with their breasts. Some shocking details have come up.— Sam Mkokeli, Chairperson of Sanef
The one colleague, who disabled, was pushed to the ground to such an extent that his prosthetic leg came out. This is the kind of treatment we've experienced and its terrible.— Sam Mkokeli, Chairperson of Sanef
Mkokeli says that these incident occur while journalists wait around and try to find answers surrounding the many delays that have been happening at the conference. For him, the police are acting like bullies who are above the law.
Mkokeli says the delays are unprofessional and hinder the journalists work. He adds that journalists should be able to walk around Nasrec without fear of intimation.
It hinders the things we can do as professions. We want to file on time. We don't want to be made to wait for hours in the baking sun for a press conference. Most importantly we want to walk around freely without fear of being intimated or harassed by security.— Sam Mkokeli, Chairperson of Sanef
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This article first appeared on 702 : Journalists bullied, assaulted and sexually harassed at #ANC54