Journo ‘won’t be deterred’ by surveillance pics on pro-Gupta websites
Two websites have emerged as part of a strategy to counter the waves of damning reports.
PRETORIA - Former Business Day editor Peter Bruce says he was shocked when he saw clandestine surveillance pictures of himself on a pro-Gupta website.
Bruce says he won’t be deterred from doing his work.
Two websites, White Monopoly Capital Leaks and White Monopoly Capital Scams, have emerged as part of a strategy to counter the waves of damning reports on the so-called Gupta leaks.
A report uploaded on Monday included photos of Bruce with his wife in a park and others of him having lunch at a restaurant with friends.
The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has described the surveillance as a clear threat to media freedom.
Bruce says that whoever conducted the surveillance did it to intimidate him and believes he knows who’s behind it.
“The Guptas, in particular, are cowards. They hide behind proxies and never do anything out on their own. They are always going to try and silence criticism. I think whether you’re investigating, commentating or reporting, do your best and do it honestly and don’t worry about them.”
Sanef’s Sam Mkokeli says this worrying development is a threat to media freedom.
“This is an attempt to shut up a very strong and necessary voice in the South African landscape. It’s intimidation of the media.”
Mkokeli has urged the police to help track down the culprits.
(Edited by Shimoney Regter)