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Malema questions journalists who cover stories about the EFF

Malema said he was aware of what he called the escalating disdain when it came to how journalists report about the EFF.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema at the party's three-day elective conference on 14 December 2019. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has questioned the role of journalists who cover stories about the country's third-largest political party.

Malema said he was aware of what he called the escalating disdain when it came to how journalists report about the EFF.

He was addressing over 3,000 EFF members on Saturday attending the three-day elective conference, which commenced on Friday, at Nasrec.

Malema claimed some media houses have encroached on human rights in their reporting.

“Why kind of media project or ethos is being galvanized by ignoring the fact that information could have been attained through intrusive equipment that violates people’s rights to human dignity and privacy.”

Meanwhile, television channel eNCA said it had taken what it's described as principled decision to stop broadcasting the EFF’s second elective conference.

The tv news broadcaster said it had done this in solidarity with some media organisations including the Daily Maverick that have been banned from covering the party's congress.

eNCA's editor-in-chief Jeremy Maggs said: “I find it regrettable that the channel is not going to bring news of the event. We believe that we have to take a firm stand on media freedom by showing a degree of solidarity.”

At the same time, the Daily Maverick has described the move as an enforceable sanction.

The investigative media outlet said the ban was against the spirit of a new, democratic South Africa.

The EFF said it couldn't distribute media access to all journalists due to lack of capacity.

Malema has described the Daily Maverick as a propaganda publication, saying it had always been aware of its standing with his party.

The publication said it intended on approaching the courts next year over the issue.

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