The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is to apply for an urgent interdict to stop Black First Land First (BLF), a militant non-governmental organisation that sides with state policies, from harassing and intimidating “white journalists,” APA has learnt.SANEF said on Monday it had given BLF‚ which allegedly has links to the controversial business Gupta family‚ time to give assurances that it would stop harassing‚ threatening and assaulting journalists deemed to write critical articles.
However‚ the BLF movement has declined to provide the assurance to the editors.
The SANEF move follows a protest by 20 BLF members outside the home of Tiso Blackstar editor-at-large Peter Bruce last Thursday during which he was threatened over an article he wrote about the Guptas.
BLF members also assaulted Business Day news editor Tim Cohen outside Bruce’s house on the same day.
This was followed by a statement by the BLF threatening a number of white journalists, accusing them of racism‚ publishing fake news and covering up “white corruption under the guise of journalism.”
The organisation also threatened black journalists who “mimmick the white agents of white monopoly capital such as Ferial Haffajee‚ Carima Brown‚ Eusebius McKaiser.”
“Our message to them is that they must repent‚ ask for forgiveness from black people for being used by white monopoly capital. They must stop their tendencies or face the possibility of being mistaken for white journalists‚” the BLF warned.