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Sanef implores journalists to tread carefully when exercising freedom of speech

Sanef says freedom of speech should be enjoyed within the confines of the Constitution.

A pile of newspapers. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN
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CAPE TOWN - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has implored journalists to tread carefully when exercising their freedom of speech.

It comes after eNCA's senior news anchor, Andrew Barnes, was suspended for seemingly mocking Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga for mispronouncing an English word.

Barnes later apologised.

At the same time, freelance journalist Carien Du Plessis has been banned by the ANC from attending the party's ‘January Eighth’ celebrations in Rustenburg.

Du Plessis sent out a tweet describing people who would attend the event as ‘pantypreneurs’.

She also apologised shortly thereafter.

Sanef chairperson Mpumelelo Mkhabela says, “We think the ANC should rise above this. We don’t condone the utterances by [Carien] du Plessis. We agree that they are offensive – they go beyond defensible speech – but we think the ANC should come to the party and rise above it.”

Sanef says freedom of speech should be enjoyed within the confines of the Constitution and not seek to unnecessarily offend or cause hatred. 

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