Brown's personal, civil and political rights have been trampled on says Eusebius

Journalist, radio and TV presenter, Karima Brown came under attack from the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its supporters on social media on Wednesday over a message she mistakenly posted on the EFF media WhatsApp group.

Eusebius McKaiser shares his thoughts on the threats and their implications.

EFF leader Julius Malema has been criticised heavily for publishing on Twitter, Brown's cellphone numbers which have subsequently led to threats being made against her.

Brown has since laid a charge against the EFF supporters and Malema himself.

Read: EFF has toxic masculinity and misogyny in how it deals with women - Karima Brown

This is a clear violation of a whole cluster of rights. Brown has received threats of death, rape and other forms of violence, and it is not funny. These are fundamental rights that have been trampled on, and it continues to be the case as we speak, the harassment and intimidation continue unabated.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

Direct calls to her phone and WhatsApp messages she has been getting, voice notes as well as on various social media platforms.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

It is continuing, it is toxic, it is violent, and clearly, her rights to bodily and physiological integrity and dignity have been completely trampled on. Also, her rights to freedom of expression as a citizen have been trampled on.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

Eusebius says Brown accidentally posting notes to reporters onto an EFF WhatsApp group was her only misstep.

What she did was not illegal and the communication and the content of it were routine. We do this all the time in the media, all the time. If I see a reporter friend of mine on television or at a presser, it doesn't matter that I don't have on my forehead assignment editor Julius Malema. I may still SMS and say Xampi ask this question.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

Eusebius cites that young journalists rely on mentoring which happens both formally and informally by senior journalists.

The first thing we need to be clear about here is that from her personal set of rights to her civil and political rights and specifically, media freedom itself has been and continues to be violated in this instance.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

These attacks have a chilling effect, he says.

Not everyone is as brave in media. Journalists are human beings before they are journalists. And if you are a human being, you don't want to have violence visited on your person. You don't want to be raped, murdered or your right to privacy to be invaded.

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

There is a chilling effect that can set in when this kind of thing happens, so Karima may be brave enough to continue doing her job fearlessly, but what about the next person?

Eusebius McKaiser, presenter

Caller Milachi joined the conversation saying this attack reflects the constant position of the EFF.

They started out by abusing the BBC journalist and then they attacked Thandi Qubule, Pauli van Wyk, Ranjeni Munusamy and now Karima Brown.

Milachi, caller

This is a key pillar of democracy, it is an attack on the media, an attack on the constitution and democracy. Ordinary South Africans should be afraid as this is a good indicator of what the EFF will do if they come to power.

Milachi, caller

Another caller. Palesa says she is terrified of the toxic masculinity that she has seen through attacks on Brown on social media.

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