- The EFF and SANEF have been facing off in court, with the Editors' Forum insisting that the party should be held accountable for intimidating journalists
- EFF leader Julius Malema has shown zero signs of backing down, insisting that reporters should not be 'crybabies' when confronted on social media
- Judgment has since been reserved, with the matter set to continue in the Pretoria Equality Court
Judgment has been reserved in the matter between the SA National Editors' Forum and the Red Berets.
The case sees journalists attempting to hold the Economic Freedom Fighters accountable for what they insist constitutes hate speech from the political party.
Malema insists that members who spread hate are taken on by leadership, commenting that:
“Where we see clear hate particularly from recognisable members of the EFF and leaders, we condemn it and we call them to order."
The party argues that the media is trying to bring them down due to foreign influence in the sector, urging journalists not to act like 'crybabies' when attacked on social platforms, reports The Daily Maverick.
However, SANEF insists that the party is encouraging unacceptable behaviour from their supporters. Media Monitoring Africa, which joined the matter, commented that:
“Once the intimidation, harassment and victimisation of the journalists occurs, the social harm follows – that a responsible and effective member of society is no longer able to depend on the media to carry out their constitutional mandate in imparting information and ideas in an ethical and critical manner."
The EFF insists that while they may levy 'unfair criticism' against media representatives, it is far from hate speech.
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