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Sanef heads to court over BLF threats against media

Sanef heads to court over BLF threats against media

Cape Town - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Wednesday called on journalists and supporters of media freedom to wear black armbands at the organisation's urgent court application against Black First Land First (BLF) at the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Sanef and 11 journalists and editors want the court to interdict BLF from harassing‚ intimidating‚ assaulting and threatening journalists and editors over their reporting and analyses on corruption and state capture.

Commenting on the matter, Sanef chairperson Mahlatse Gallens said: "We are appreciative of today, and are expecting him to rule on the merits of the case".

Gallens says they have sent BLF a warning letter.

This follows a protest by about 20 BLF members outside the Parkview home of Tiso Blackstar editor-at-large Peter Bruce on Thursday during which he was threatened over an article he wrote about the Guptas.

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In her main submissions, Gallens said the objective of BLF's actions was to keep allegations regarding state capture and corruption out the public domain.

It has accused mainstream media of propagating the notion of "state capture" as part of a racist conspiracy to undermine black business and radical economic transformation in general.

The other co-applicants in the interdict are Sam Sole, partner at investigative journalism unit, amaBhungane, Adriaan Basson, News24 editor; Stephen Grootes, Talk Radio 702 presenter; independent journalist Max du Preez; Eyewitness News (EWN) editor Katy Katopodis; and EWN reporter Barry Bateman.

Sanef is approaching the court a day after the ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu Jackson Mthembu also spoke out against recent action by BLF.


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