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Sanef: We’re ready to continue defending press freedom

The Black First Land First (BLF) movement says that it is contemplating approaching the appeals court in its matter against South African National Editors Forum (Sanef).

FILE: Sanef members and other media heading to the High Court in Johannesburg on 6 July, 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Black First Land First (BLF) movement says that it is contemplating approaching the appeals court in its matter against South African National Editors Forum (Sanef).

The High Court on Monday dismissed the group's application to appeal its contempt order with costs.

Leader Andile Mngxitama was found to be in contempt of court in July when he disrupted a media event after being interdicted by the court from intimidating and threating journalists.

The BLF had threatened to protest at the homes of journalists from various media houses which it accused of supporting white monopoly capital.

The BLF’s Lindsay Maasdorp says it’s clear that the courts have an agenda against black people but they will still seek justice.

“We’re hoping that we’ll get a further hearing from a different judge who will be able to look at this matter and see it as it’s constructed very politically.”

At the same time, Sanef’s Mahlatse Mahlase says they are ready for any action taken by the BLF.

“We’re ready to continue to defend press freedom, we see this as a violation of our Constitution.”

Meanwhile the initial ruling by the High Court interdicting the BLF from threatening journalists still stands and the BLF is liable to pay the costs of the court proceedings.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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