Sanef remembers Karima Brown as a fearless reporter

Brown passed away on Thursday morning after suffering from COVID-19 complications.

Karima Brown. Picture: Radio702

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has expressed sadness at the passing of journalist Karima Brown, saying that she was revered by many and known for her fearlessness.

She passed away on Thursday morning after suffering from COVID-19 complications.

Brown - who hosted The Fix on eNCA and was a former 702 presenter - had been hospitalised for a number of weeks.

Sanef said that she would be remembered for, among many things, taking on Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema after he had published her cellphone number on Twitter and accused her of sending spies to an EFF meeting. She sued him and won.

Sanef said that the case was a significant building block for an environment where journalists could do their work and report without fear or favour and hold the powerful to account.

"Among many battles that she experienced as a journalist, Brown was also among 11 editors in the country who were harassed, intimidated and threatened by Black First Land First (BLF) and its founder Andile Mngxitama following a protest at the private house of the then Tiso Blackstar editor at large Peter Bruce.

"The BLF referred to Brown, former HuffPost editor-at-large Ferial Haffajee and Talk Radio 702 presenter Eusebius McKaiser as 'askaris', – a deeply offensive term used mainly during the apartheid era to refer to liberation fighters who changed sides and joined the oppressive regime. Sanef won an interdict against the BLF stopping it in its tracks from further intimidation of journalists.

"To many young upcoming journalists, Brown was a mentor. Many of them have taken to social media platforms thanking her for her role in the development of their careers."

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