It's time media treat EFF with more sceptical distance, says journalism prof

It's regrettable that the EFF has refused to meet with the SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) to discuss the intimidation of journalists, says journalism professor Franz Kruger.

Kruger says South African media need to treat the EFF with sceptical realism going forward.

Kruger claims the media allowed themselves to be swept along by the EFF without interrogating the party enough - but that honeymoon is now over.

He says journalists must maintain balance and treat the red berets like any other political organisation.

Kruger says fact-checking and interrogating false claims is important when reporting about the party.

EFF leader Julius Malema on Sunday banned the Sunday Times and its reporters from covering his events.

Kruger says the party thrives on spectacle and will struggle should they receive less media attention and coverage.

The EFF themselves have flip-flopped... They basked in the media attention they were getting.

Franz Kruger, Professor Of Journalism at Wits School Of Journalism 

They've been very good at spectacle.

Franz Kruger, Professor Of Journalism at Wits School Of Journalism 

It's time, not to ignore them but, to treat them with a little more sceptical distance.

Franz Kruger, Professor Of Journalism at Wits School Of Journalism 

The EFF must be treated like every other political party.

Franz Kruger, Professor Of Journalism at Wits School Of Journalism 

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