Sanef turns to court over ha­rass­ment

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THE SOUTH African Na­tional Ed­i­tors’ Fo­rum (Sanef) filed an ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion against Black First Land First (BLF) and its founder, Andile Mngxi­tama, at the South Gauteng High Court yes­ter­day.

The move comes af­ter BLF mem­bers held a protest at the house of Tiso Black­star ed­i­tor-at-large Peter Bruce, on Thurs­day and al­legedly in­tim­i­dated and ha­rassed Busi­ness Day ed­i­tor Tim Co­hen and po­lit­i­cal com­men­ta­tor Karima Brown.

BLF has since threat­ened more ed­i­tors and jour­nal­ists with sim­i­lar protests at their homes and have re­ferred to Brown, Huff­in­g­ton Post South Africa ed­i­tor-at-large Fe­rial Haf­fa­jee and Talk Ra­dio 702 presenter Euse­bius McKaiser as “askaris”.

Sanef has asked the court to in­ter­dict BLF and Mngxi­tama from ha­rass­ing, in­tim­i­dat­ing, as­sault­ing and threat­en­ing 11 se­nior jour­nal­ists, ed­i­tors and com­men­ta­tors who have been tar­geted for their re­port­ing on state cap­ture.

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

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