Rape and race: Threats against SA's women political journalists

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- themediaonline.co.za | 5 months ago

Political journalist Karima Brown faced off with the Economic Freedom Fighters’ lawyer, Vuyani Ngalwana, SC, in court this week.

The eNCA commentator and 702 presenter wants the court to fine the EFF R100 000 for contravention of the electoral code, and apologise to her on Twitter – the platform where the party’s leader Julius Malema published her cellphone number, opening the doors for extreme online abuse, or cyber bullying. Her lawyer, Geoff Budlender, SC, told the court that “Malema’s conduct constitutes a contravention of the electoral code as he took no reasonable steps to ensure compliance with the Electoral Act, to make sure that journalists are not facing any harassment, intimidation, or threats by political parties”.

Ngalwana, on the other hand, submitted that Brown had “not conducted herself in a manner that is objective and fair, as espoused by the Press Code”.

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