Court hears how BLF members assaulted journo Karima Brown at protest

The Johannesburg High Court has heard how the BLF continued threatening other journalists on social media.

The High Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg High Court has heard how journalist Karima Brown was assaulted and not protected by the police during a demonstration by Black First Land First (BLF) members at the home of Tiso Blackstar editor Peter Bruce.

The court is currently hearing argument brought by the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) for an urgent interdict against Andile Mngxitama and the BLF.

Following the BLF’s refusal to stop intimidating journalists, Sanef has taken the group to court.

The High Court has heard how the BLF continued threatening other journalists on social media.

The defence is, however, arguing that some of the tweets were not by BLF members.

Meanwhile, Media Workers Association of South Africa is also attending the proceedings.

General-secretary Tuwani Gumani says they take the attacks on journalists very seriously.

“Journalists have the right to practise their chosen profession in terms of Section 22 of the Constitution so we take serious umbrage at the attacks on journalists by the people who are supposed to be beneficiaries of the work that journalists do.”