Malema reiterates party’s view on Gupta-owned media

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 5, 2016

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has reaffirmed his remarks from Thursday that the party would not allow journalists from the Gupta-owned New Age newspaper and ANN7 television network to attend party events.

Addressing the media in Benoni on Friday, Malema said they had written a letter informing both they would no longer be recognised as media entities, but as “criminal enterprises”.

Malema has come under a barrage of criticism from both as well as the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF), after saying it could no longer guarantee the safety of New Age and ANN7 reporters at EFF events.

“We don’t want see ANN7 or the New Age anywhere. Those institutions are a product of corrupt activities. Sisters and brothers in Gupta firms we love you and don’t want you to be casualties. We can no longer guarantee the safety of those working for the Guptas,” he said.

ANN7 and New Age editor-in-chief Moegsien Williams has branded Malema’s comments as inciting violence against it reporters, adding “if he wants to be a future leader in this country, he must abide by the Constitution”.