- eNCA journalist Lindsay Dentlinger has reportedly received death threats and other forms of abuse online
- The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has now condemned those threats and the bullying she has faced
- Sanef noted that women in journalism have faced various kinds of abuse in a number of different settings
SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) released a statement condemning the threats against eNCA journalist Lindsay Dentlinger's life. Dentlinger has been on the receiving end of mass cyberbullying following a video montage.
The eNCA journalist was accused of racism after a video showing her asking black politicians to wear their masks but not doing the same for white politicians started circulating on various social media platforms.
A petition has also been drawn up to get Dentlinger fired from her position at the broadcaster. Sanef noted that women in journalism have faced abuse in many forms.
TimesLIVE reported that Sanef met with eNCA management on the allegations of racism against their reporter. Sanef said that eNCA was holding various meetings with different organisations and that an announcement will be made following the consultations.
A report by EWN stated that Sanef says female journalists receive abuse at rallies, protests and political events. The forum believes citizens do have the right to call journalists out, however, it should not turn into cyberbullying.
Briefly.co.za previously reported on Dentlinger after eNCA slammed the claims of racism made against her. This is a result of a video showing an eNCA reporter asking black politicians to keep their masks on while interviewing others without their masks.
The political journalist came under harsh criticism after asking UDM Deputy President Hon Nqabayomzi Kwankwa to put on his mask during an interview in parliament. The incident occurred at the 2021 Budget Speech coverage.
Now, eNCA management has concluded that her conduct was 'not racially motivated or with malicious intent'. The management reportedly met with Dentlinger about the videos.
Dentlinger herself has stated that she acknowledges the outrage and apologised for the disrespect it caused. She added that she felt awful about how she was being perceived across the country and how people in Mzansi believed that the incident was a true reflection of who she is as a journalist.
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