Sanef takes action as journalists continue to come under fire

2019-05-29 10:31


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) announced that progress is being made in the Equality Court case it initiated to protect journalists against harassment and abuse.

In a statement, Sanef said it lodged a complaint against the EFF in the Equality Court late last year after a barrage of abusive and dangerous threats against journalists. Sanef approached the court in defence of media freedom and to seek journalists' protection.

In the court papers, Sanef has asked for the following:

- The interdicting of the EFF leadership from intimidating, harassing, threatening and assaulting journalists;

- The interdicting of the EFF leadership from publishing personal information of journalists on public platforms or on social media or by other means;

- The interdicting the EFF leadership from expressly or tacitly endorsing the intimidation, harassment, threats or assaults by supporters or followers, whether on public platforms or on social media or by other means;

- An order directing the EFF to publicly denounce the harassment and abuse of journalists; and

- An apology from the EFF to the specific journalists listed as complainants in the court papers and an order directing the EFF to publicly acknowledge the constitutionally protected role played by journalists.

See here for the full set of papers. 

After initial delays in the case, Sanef has been informed that Judge Wendy Hughes will be hearing the matter and that the following timeline has been agreed to:

- June 12: EFF to file their answering papers

- June 27: Sanef to file replying papers

- July 11: Pre-trial meeting with Judge Hughes

- August 5, 6 and 7: Hearing of the matter

"Sanef sees progress as regards this case as critical given the ongoing harassment of journalists.

"In this regard, we note the most recent chilling case of harassment of investigative journalist, Pauli van Wyk, in the wake of her hard-hitting stories on the EFF and VBS [Mutual] Bank. We note a tweet by Julius Malema communicated to his more than 2.4m followers. He didn't elaborate or name any individuals, but the timing pointed to a veiled threat. He called for his followers to 'go for the kill' and to 'hit hard'. 

"As Sanef, we believe that this court case will finally hold the EFF leadership to account in its sustained abuse of journalists - and thus its sustained abuse of our hard-won constitutional principles of freedom of expression, access to information and freedom of the media," the statement read.

KEEP UPDATED on the latest news by subscribing to our FREE newsletter.

- FOLLOW News24 on Twitter

Read more on:    sanef  |  eff  |  media freedom

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.