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SANEF calls for a swift probe into reported threats against The Star’s Editor

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The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has noted reports of threats made against The Star’s editor, by an ANC MP.

According to reports carried in various Independent Media’s titles, ANC member of parliament Boy Mamabolo allegedly told editor Sifiso Mahlangu to stop reporting on Dr Bejani Chauke, an adviser to President Cyril Ramaphosa, or face “assassination.

Such a statement is not only a chilling threat to the life of Mahlangu but is also conduct that borders on criminal conduct.

SANEF has reached out to Mahlangu and requested that he shares the threatening messages from Mamabolo. He has yet to do so.

SANEF further notes Mahlangu’s decision to lay a criminal complaint against Mamabolo and calls for a full investigation into the matter.

SANEF stands for media freedom and believes that journalists should be given the space to do their work without political interference or intimidation.

While Independent Media, owners of The Star, are neither members of SANEF nor are they part of the Press Council of SA – like most mainstream media houses in South Africa – we believe that threats or intimidation directed at journalists should be condemned by all proponents of media freedom. Journalists have a right to do their job without fear or favour.

We call on the police to act swiftly in their investigation so that the matter can be brought to finality.

 Note to Editors:

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is a non-profit organisation whose members are editors, senior journalists, and journalism trainers from all areas of South African media. We are committed to championing South Africa’s hard-won freedom of expression and promoting quality, ethics, and diversity in the South African media. We promote excellence in journalism through fighting for media freedom, writing policy submissions, research, and education and training programmes. SANEF is not a union.

For more information please contact:

 Sbu Ngalwa – SANEF Chairperson (073) 404-1415

Nwabisa Makunga – SANEF Deputy Chairperson (082) 555-1972

Mary Papayya – SANEF Secretary-General (082) 379 4957

Tshamano Makhadi – Treasurer-General (082) 223 0621

Makhudu Sefara – SANEF Media Freedom Chair (079) 177-2134

Judy Sandison – SANEF KZN Convenor (082) 571-3334

Dr. Glenda Daniels – SANEF Gauteng Convenor (083) 229-9708

Rochelle De Kock – SANEF Eastern Cape Convenor (072) 969-8028

Reggy Moalusi – SANEF Executive Director (071) 682-3695 

Twitter: @SAEditorsForum

Email: [email protected]


Website: www.sanef.org.za