South Africa: Sanef Fights Intimidation of Journalists in the Equality Court Today

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The South African National Editors’ Forum’s (SANEF) court case against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) starts today in the Pretoria High Court, sitting as the Equality Court.

SANEF and a number of individual journalists have taken the EFF to the Equality Court to argue that the latter has enabled an environment in which intimidation, harassment, threats and/ or assaults on journalists including the individual complainants, in this case, have been tolerated and in fact encouraged, creating a chilling effect on freedom of expression, access to information and freedom of the media in the country. In response the EFF has argued that they do not know – and have no control over – the people responsible for the barrage of online harassment journalists receive daily.

However, SANEF believes this is not correct.

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