21 March 2023, Eyewitness, Bernadette Wicks
Sanef, Media Monitoring Africa, and the Campaign for Free Expression highlighted in their submissions that Zuma’s private prosecution of Maughan was a bid to intimidate her, an issue many female journalists encounter.
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), and the Campaign for Free Expression have all joined the case as amici curiae or friends of the court, and support Maughan’s application.
The hearing got underway on Monday.
Sanef, MMA and the Campaign for Free Expression highlighted in their submissions that a number of international bodies and human rights experts had drawn attention to “the situation concerning the safety of journalists, and have particularly highlighted the specific attacks against women journalists”.