Sanef 'appalled' by Malema's call to ban amaBhungane, Daily Maverick's Scorpio from EFF events

- | 7 months ago

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) said it was “appalled” by EFF leader Julius Malema’s call to ban investigative journalism units amaBhungane and the Daily Maverick’s Scorpio from attending their party events, including press conferences.

On Thursday, during the EFF memorial service for former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, Malema told party supporters that the publications should be treated as the enemy, much like the EFF did when it banned Gupta-owned The New Age newspaper and broadcaster ANN7, News24 reported. Malema also described the two publications as frauds, designed to pursue the interest of Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.

However, in a statement issued on Friday, Sanef said it believed these actions “mimic the apartheid state’s censorious responses to investigative reports that exposed its brutal and corrupt activities”.

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