Opinion: We need to stand with journalists

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says it will file an interdict against Black First Land First (BLF) ahead of its planned protests.

The group has threatened to picket outside the homes of several journalists, namely Peter Bruce, Sam Sole, Adriaan Basson, Stephen Grootes, Max du Preez, Barry Bateman and Alec Hogg.

BLF have accused them of "covering up of white corruption under the guise of journalism".

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has since condemned the protest outside Tiso Black Star editor Peter Bruce’s Johannesburg home last week, calling it invasive.

He says police will intervene and strike back hard against anyone targeting journalists or politicians.

Speaking on the matter, 702's Xolani Gwala says while the BLF has the right to raise issues about the media, no one should be allowed to make general accusations and threaten journalists.

Never in the history of post 1994 democracy have we seen such blatant threats to journalists freedom of speech and media freedom which is vital to this Constitution.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

It is important that all of us as society, we must stand up an defend people are being accused of doing their work.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

He insists that there are proper structures in place for the public to complain.

If you don't speak out for these journalists, there won't be anyone to speak for you so it is important as society we must rally behind and protect media freedom. That is not to say that there are no mistakes and that people do not sometimes become reckless but there are mechanisms that are there if people want to report, there is structured process through which you can complain like the BCCSA.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast Show anchor

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio....


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
No certainty if strange stone originates from outside the solar system

No certainty if strange stone originates from outside the solar system

In 2013 researchers announced the 'Hypatia' stone found in the south-west of Egypt, was most certainly not from Earth.

[LISTEN] ANC's proposed land expropriation explained

[LISTEN] ANC's proposed land expropriation explained

The Institute of Race Relations explains the confusion around the proposed amendment to Section 25 and how this affects property.

Sanef to take legal action against BLF 'thugs' over intimidation of journos

Sanef to take legal action against BLF 'thugs' over intimidation of journos

Sanef's Sam Mkokeli says the threatening of journalists is a bid to mute the voice of media, so that state corruption continues.

Eusebius: "Right wing paramilitary thugs in the service of your paymasters"

Eusebius: "Right wing paramilitary thugs in the service of your paymasters"

Eusebius had this to say to perpetrators like BLF following intimidation of journos like Suna Venter, Peter Bruce, and others.

[LISTEN] We will not tolerate white monopoly capital - BLF

[LISTEN] We will not tolerate white monopoly capital - BLF

The movement Black First Land First (BLF) on Thursday picketed outside veteran journalist Peter Bruce's home.

3 public protector staff held hostage by Black First Land First members

3 public protector staff held hostage by Black First Land First members

Thuli Madonsela's office says the 25 arrested BLF members forced their way into the office armed with petrol containers.

Popular articles
'Minnie understood he might become a target'

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

Marianne Thamm wrote the forward to 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' and worked with Mark Minnie in editing the controversial book.

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

Khabazela shares Facebook posts, YouTube videos that have gone viral including one with the smartest dogs.

Nxasana questions why Minister Masutha's involvement is not being challenged

Nxasana questions why Minister Masutha's involvement is not being challenged

Former NDPP Mxolisi Nxasana says he didn't know the payout he received was a golden handshake.

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

MD at World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck explains how your phone may record your voice conversations.

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba says undocumented people living in the city make it difficult to combat crime.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.