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Released on: March 13, 2023

The CFE is deeply concerned about the rising rate of violent attacks against journalists.

The Campaign for Free Expression (CFE) is deeply concerned about the rising rate of
violent attacks against journalists.
eNCA journalist Silindelo Masikane, cameraman Thamsanqa Chamane and Zululand
Observer journalist Gaddafi Zulu were attacked and assaulted while they were on duty.
These attacks – often by political figures and state officials – have become a form of
censorship which suppresses and silences journalists and often goes unpunished.
On Saturday 25 February 2023, Masikane and cameraman Thamsanqa Chamane were
trying to interview MMC Tshwaku in Johannesburg CBD when EFF supporters formed a
barrier around him, in an attempt to prevent her from speaking to him. Masikane was
shoved to the ground and stepped on by EFF supporters and JMPD officials. Fortunately,
Masikane was not severely injured.
Zulu was attacked on 28 February by a former mayor and a group of bodyguards while
on duty at Mtubatuba Municipality to investigate reports that newly-appointed
administrator Siya Ntuli had been prevented from entering the premises. His work
equipment was taken away.
Journalists ought to be able to carry out their work without fear of being harassed and
attacked. It is imperative for the authorities to demonstrate that they are prepared to
protect the media.
CFE calls on South African authorities to thoroughly investigate the attacks and bring the
perpetrators to justice, as violence against the media is a crime against our democratic
values such as free expression and the right to information.
*The Campaign for Free Expressions is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation that
defends and promotes free expression for all across southern Africa.
Contact: Anton Harber, Executive Director

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