The South Africa National Editors Forum (Sanef) chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase has condemned the EFF's recent attacks on journalists.
Sanef has warned journalists that if they feel threatened at any political rallies, they should leave.
Mahlase explains why a meeting with the EFF has fallen flat.
We were hoping that we could meet with Julius Malema and present to him all of this evidence to say that your words have had consequences and chilling effect on our newsrooms.— Mahlatse Mahlase, Sanef chairperson
Younger journalists are looking at what is happening and wondering if they could ever report critically on the EFF given what is happening to very senior, experienced journalists.— Mahlatse Mahlase, Sanef chairperson
Mahlase says because of what's been happening in a number of media houses, they have called for an inquiry that will look at whether the media is captured.
She says they are hoping an inquiry will commence in January.
We are going to use it as an opportunity to hold the media accountable by the public and more importantly to learn lessons in saying we do not want to be found in a wanting position anywhere in the future.— Mahlatse Mahlase, Sanef chairperson
To hear the rest of the conversation with Sanef's Mahlatse Mahlase, listen below:
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