A US-based NGO defending journalists targeted Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on after he tweeted the personal phone number of a reporter who has since received a flood of threats.
“The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed grave concern about threats and harassment against veteran journalist Karima Brown” said the organisation which runs a global network from New York.
“We are concerned about Karima Brown’s safety given the threats.”
It was further reported that the organisation have sued Malema and the EFF for $2 million dollars over threats and assaults melted by the Malema and the EFF party.
Brown said that within hours she received a flood of messages she believes were sent by activists of Malema’s EFF party, South Africa’s third-largest.
Some threatened to rape her or burn her alive.
“We are concerned about Karima Brown’s safety given the threats instigated by the malicious publication of her contact information,” said Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa programme coordinator.
“We are concerned about Karima Brown’s safety given the threats instigated by the malicious publication of her contact information,” says Angela Quintal, CPJ’s Africa program coordinator.
“The electoral commission must send the Economic Freedom Fighters and all political parties a strong message that using social media to threaten and intimidate journalists will not be tolerated and is a breach of the Electoral Code that could impact the credibility of the vote.”https://newsoweto.co.za/malema-and-eff-sued-2-million-dollars-by-us-ngo-over-assault-and-deadly-threats-on-karima-brown/https://newsoweto.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/malema-court1.jpghttps://newsoweto.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/malema-court1-150x150.jpgPoliticsKarima Brown EFF Julius Malema