More journalists fired from ANN7, Sanef may start legal fees fund

The editors’ forum is exploring the possibility of a fund to cover journalists' legal fees.

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CAPE TOWN - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says it's exploring the possibility of a fund to cover journalists' legal fees.

The announcement comes in the wake of five more journalists being fired from ANN7.

The group was allegedly involved in demonstrations of solidarity with colleagues who were laid off earlier this year.

In June, ANN7 fired eight journalists who objected to being involved in the company's so-called political battles.

Sanef's Mahlatse Gallens says the actual reasons behind the recent firings are smoke screens.

"Journalists were accused of misusing water bottles or stealing water bottles."

Adding to the eight South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who were fired for speaking out against the broadcaster's policies, Gallens says the costs to challenge their dismissals in court are becoming exorbitant.

"Increasingly, a lot of our journalists are finding themselves in this precarious position where they do need legal support."

Sanef has also requested a meeting with ANN7 management to address the latest dismissals.