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<div> | Forum slams Malema's move to ban Gupta media</div>

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Johannesburg - The newly-established Forum of Journalistsfor Transformation on Friday added its voice to criticism of the EFF'sintimidation of journalists who work for Gupta-owned media organisations.

“What was seemingly meant to be

a political jibe at theEFF’s declared enemies inadvertently affected innocent journalists, some ofwhom happen to be members of our vibrant organisation," forum leader PietRampedi said in a statement.

The EFF was victimising already victimised journalists.He said ANN7 and New Age journalists were among the most exploited mediaworkers in the country and the Gupta family paid them "slave wages".

At a press briefing on Thursday, EFF leader Julius Malemasaid the journalists would no longer be welcome at its events and the partycould not guarantee their safety.

"Sisters and brothers in Gupta firms we love you anddon't want you to be casualties. We cannot guarantee the safety of thoseprinting New Age and ANN7."

He said the “Zuptas”, as he called the relationshipbetween President Jacob Zuma and the Guptas, were a corrupt cartel.

The New Age and ANN7 editor-in-chief Moegsien Williamscriticised Malema's statement.

"All freedom-loving democrats in South Africa shouldcondemn the leader of the EFF for his utterances and threats against the staffof The New Age and TV channel ANN7," Williams said in a statement.
The SA National Editors’ Forum said the EFF was entitled to its views aboutmedia owners, but should allow journalists to conduct their work without fear,in a climate conducive to the free exchange of information.

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