South Africa opposition figure draws fire for journalist tweet

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- thenews.com.pk | a month ago

JOHANNESBURG: An American NGO defending journalists targeted South African radical leftist opposition leader Julius Malema on Saturday after he tweeted the personal phone number of a reporter who has since received a flood of threats.

"The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about threats and harassment against veteran South African journalist Karima Brown," said the organisation which runs a global network from New York.The statement came after Malema tweeted Brown’s telephone number, also calling her a "mole" for South Africa’s ruling ANC party.

Brown said that within hours she received a flood of messages she believes were sent by activists of Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters party, South Africa’s third-largest.Some threatened to rape her, or burn her alive.

"We are concerned about Karima Brown’s safety given the threats instigated by the malicious publication of her contact information," said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa programme coordinator.

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