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eNCA pulls out of EFF congress as Malema lambastes ‘propaganda’ media

The tv news broadcaster says it's taken the decision in solidarity with some media organisations including the Daily Maverick that have been banned from covering the party's congress.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema during a media briefing at Narec, Johannesburg on 21 November 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – eNCA has confirmed it's pulled out from covering the Economic Freedom Fighters's (EFF) second elective conference.

The tv news broadcaster says it's taken the decision in solidarity with some media organisations including the Daily Maverick that were not given accreditation to the party's congress.

The _Daily Maverick _claims it was banned from covering the EFF's national assembly because of its reporting on the VBS scandal. The party during the conference described the Daily Maverick as a "propaganda" publication, and its leader, Julius Malema, said the online news agency has always been aware of its standing with the EFF.

eNCA's editor in chief Jeremy Maggs said, “The station has taken what I believe to be a principled decision to stop covering the EFF elective conference. We were very concerned after the party barred several news organisations from covering the event. We believe, as a station, this is an attack on media freedom.”

Journalists from the media house have been banned from obtaining accreditation to cover the three-day event.

The _Daily Maverick _says it intends to take legal steps against the EFF describing the ban as unconstitutional.

Access to journalists from Daily Maverick, Scorpio, Amabhungane, and rapport are among several media outlets that been denied access.

Malema has described the online news agency as a propaganda publication and says the media house has always been aware of its standing with the party.

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