- The EFF has banned a number of media houses from attending its elective conference
- The party has been accused of attacking media freedom
- The EFF has said that there is a lack of capacity to accommodate all the media
The EFF is being accused of attacking media freedom with their ban on journalists from the Daily Maverick, Scorpio and amaBhungane. The Daily Maverick has said that the ban is unconstitutional and plans on taking the EFF to court next year.
According to the Daily Maverick, the reason the EFF has banned the news agency is because of its reporting on the VBS scandal.
Breifly.co.za has learned that the eNCA has pulled out of the conference over the perceived attack on media freedom.
“The Daily Maverick is a political mouthpiece of the cabal led by Minister Pravin Gordhan, it can’t be objective hence our treatment of the publication as a political entity”. EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu was justifying his party’s stance to not allow the publication to attend the EFF’s second National People’s Assembly.
“The Daily Maverick is a political and a communications instrument of Gordhan’s cabal. It’s a fact they use private intelligence to persecute political opponents.
“They don’t objectively investigate corruption and they have targets. The EFF is one of their targets,” said Shivambu.
Julius Malema lays the blame at the feet of the DAily Maverick, saying that they failed to cover important EFF events throughout the year and are now being banned from covering the conference according to city-press.news24.com.
“We made this announcement during the memorial service of the late former president of Zimbabwe (Robert Mugabe) in September and the media is only making a fuss of this now.”
“We made it clear then, and we still maintain the stance that since the Daily Maverick has become a political entity we will treat it as such.
You will not see us invite the ANC’s communications team because they are a rival. We view the Daily Maverick in the same way,” said Malema.
The EFF has denied that there is a media blackout and has said that media houses have been denied accreditation due to a lack of capacity at the venue.
“Over 600 media personnel applied for accreditation which means they would make up 25% of the delegates, this would have been more than the security that we have at the venue which is unworkable,” said EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee.
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