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Sanef consulting lawyers after BLF harass journalists at event

Earlier this month, the High Court granted an interdict against the movement to stop its members from harassing, intimidating, and threatening journalists.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) says it’s now consulting with its lawyers after members of the Black First Land First (BLF) disrupted a town hall meeting that discussed the leaked Gupta emails and state capture.

Earlier this month, the High Court in Johannesburg granted an interdict against the movement to stop its members from harassing, intimidating, assaulting and threatening journalists.

Sanef says the BLF violated that interdicted by disrupting the amaBhungane event in Braamfontein on Thursday.

Chairperson Mahlatse Gallens says: “There was harassment and threats to the journalists, including those that were part of the initial interdict that we won at the Johannesburg High Court. We are also encouraging everybody that was involved yesterday to got to the police and lay a complaint because we want to see the police actually act.”

The South African Communist Party (SACP) has condemned what it calls attempts to silence journalists and other critics of state capture.

The communist party has criticised the BLF for continued attacks on media workers.

SACP spokesperson Alex Mashilo says: “The SACP condemns this in the strongest terms possible. In its own right, the SACP will conduct an investigation and engage with the South African National Editors’ Forum to work together to ensure that we protect and defend and deepen media freedom in our country.”