Saftu condemns threats on journalists, promises to fight for independent media

Black First Land First has threatened to picket outside the homes and places of worship of a group of journalists that they say report on fake news.

FILE: Tensions flared after anti-Zuma protesters clashed with BLF members who arrived at the Gupta's Saxonwold mansion in support of the President.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) has condemned the recent threats against journalists, saying it will continue to fight for a truly independent media.

Last week, the Black First Land First (BLF) group threatened to picket outside the homes and places of worship of a group of journalists that they say report on fake news and support so-called “white monopoly capital”.

The South African National Editors Forum has filed an urgent court application to have BLF interdicted from harassing journalists.

Saftu's Patrick Craven said: “We have to have a debate about the future of the media and make sure we do everything possible to have a media which is more broadly based in terms of ownership and access, but which is absolutely committed to the constitutional obligation to make the media open to all.”

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)