SANEF: EFF ban an attempt to silence journalists

SANEF: EFF ban an attempt to silence journalists

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has labelled the Economic Freedom Fighters’ (EFF) decision to ban some media houses from attending their events as an act of intimidation.

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Neo Motloung

EFF leader Julius Malema told supporters on Thursday that journalists from amaBhungane, Daily Maverick and Scorpio would no longer be allowed report on future EFF events.

He made the announcement during the party’s memorial service for former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

The publications, which Malema branded as “enemies”, have carried investigations linking Malema, his deputy Floyd Shivambu and Shivambu’s brother Brian to the looting of the now-defunct VBS Mutual Bank.

SANEF chairperson Sam Mkokeli believes the EFF’s ban equates to censorship last seen during the apartheid era.

“We see this as an reaction to the expose that have been carried out by the Daily Maverick and Scorpio. It is an attempt to silence the media and we would like to encourage fellow journalists to remain committed to discovering events and some that are hidden information.”

Mkokeli also believes the ban is unconstitutional and will eventually end up in court.

"We will take whatever actions is necessary to make sure that this democracy remains just that and journalists are allowed to practice without any harassment and victimization.”

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