12 April 2018

South Africa: EFF Condemns Sanef's Silence On Stratcom Revelations

press release

The EFF condemns South African National Editors Forum's silence following revelations that journalists who served on Apartheid's Strategic Communications to destroy anti-apartheid activists still report in different news rooms across the country's media fraternity. A video showing Mama Winnie Mandela naming some of these journalists has long come out, yet SANEF is dead silent.

Former Apartheid special branch police have indicated that they had 40 journalists on their payroll working to destroy Mama Winnie Mandela. In a video recently released by Huffington Post, Mama Winnie Mandela mentions the current Editor of Economic News in the SABC, Thandeka Gqubule and Anton Harber, former editor at ENCA and a Wits Media and Journalism Professor, as having worked for Stratcom.

SANEF's silence at these revelations indicates its double standard and lack of commitment to ethical journalism. The Stratcom journalists were party to the distraction of lives and mass murder of activists by the apartheid regime.

We call on all those 40 journalists, many of whom are still part of the media fraternity to come out, confess, and ask for forgiveness. If they do not do so, the EFF will begin to reveal them one after the other.

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