Johannesburg - As the Equality Court hears the SA National Editors’ Forum’s (Sanef) court case against the EFF, the organisation has said that it hoped the case - together with other recent court cases fighting harassment of journalists - will begin to build and rebuild an environment where journalists can do their work.
Sanef and a number of individual journalists have taken the EFF to the Equality Court to argue that the latter have 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 have 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 in a statement on Monday said it doesn't believe this is correct.
"We believe that the EFF leadership have a duty to publicly condemn the actions of their supporters when they harass and intimidate journalists and they have systematically chosen not to.