Increasing attacks on journalists cause concern

- | 3 months ago

An escalation of anti-media sentiment has experts and media freedom advocates worried, with incidences of verbal and physical intimidation meted out to journalists by politicians and the public being a common occurrence.

The verbal lashing of journalist Samkele Maseko on television by ANC deputy-general secretary Jesse Duarte on Tuesday is one of several recent incidents. Examples include the abuse heaped on journalists reporting negatively or critically of the Economic Freedom Fighters, and those who worked for now defunct New Age and Afro World View, previously owned by the Gupta family.

The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is set to determine if EFF leader Julius Malema should be held liable for electoral misconduct and putting the life of journalist Karima Brown in danger.

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