Why we think Malema is guilty of hate speech – Sanef's Mahlase


- citizen.co.za | 4 months ago

South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) chairperson Mahlatse Malatse has written a column to clarify that the forum took the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to court not because they wanted to “stifle criticism of the media” but because the organisation believed the party’s leader, Julius Malema, “and their supporters go beyond fair criticism and constitute hate speech under the Equality Act”.

   While the column, on News24, does not mention former DA leader Helen Zille by name, it is likely a response to her column from Sunday, August 11 titled ‘a Sanef win against the EFF will be a major blow to media freedom‘. Zille, who is now a senior research fellow at the Institute or Race Relations (IRR), argued that if Sanef was successful, “the media will have been complicit in curtailing a foundation freedom” – freedom of speech, which she said was “often (correctly) cited as the most fundamental right in a democracy, except for the right to life itself”.

“Some of the commentary expressed has misinterpreted our case, which was brought under Section 10 of the Equality Act, and falsely accuses Sanef of undermining freedom of expression.

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