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Sanef wants to meet with EFF

The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) says it’s seeking an urgent meet with the EFF leadership to discuss the implications of the party’s threat to journalists from media outlets that the Gupta family owns.

Council deliberated extensively on the changing media landscape, the commercial and other pressures and their implications on editorial independence.

It’s among the issues that were discussed during Sanef council’s meeting in Cape Town this weekend.

Sanef executive director, Mathatha Tsedu says the meeting with the EFF is important.

“EFF is more than just more than a week ago declared war, on the Gupta family, then said they were cutting links with everything that relates to the Gupta family, that includes the family media outlets, that declaration has implications for the journalist who work at those institutions and it is that which we want to sit down and discuss with the EFF.”

Sanef calls on proprietors and management to allow editors to exercise their editorial discretion and work without any interference.

Council also met the leadership of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and agreed that there is a need for an urgent engagement with political parties about respecting the role of the media and protecting journalists from any form of political harassment and intimidation.

– By SABC

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