Intimidation And Harassment Of Journalists – Statement From Anant Singh

It is with great concern that I have observed the upsurge of intimidation and harassment of journalists and those who wish for freedom of expression in our country. I would like to add my voice to the many others who have spoken out against this injustice.

These actions seem to take me back to the apartheid era, when we had to endure a repressive regime that adopted similar tactics. During that period, many brave individuals risked their lives and that of their families.

I also note the hypocrisy of the perpetrators who profess to support the ideals of the freedom speech and freedom of expression, but threaten journalists who expose them for what they are. It seems to me that so many have forgotten the massive commitment that thousands of people had to achieve our democracy, many of whom lost their lives. This appears to have been forgotten too quickly and it is extremely disappointing, and saddens me a great deal.

The recent harassment of Peter Bruce, Tim Cohen, Suna Venter and others is reprehensible. Also, in the age of a robust online environment, the intimidation has extended to internet trolling where journalists have been denigrated on various social media platforms. Any form of intimidation and harassment is unacceptable.

I urge law enforcement agencies, the courts and NGO’s to act against those who flaunt the constitutional rights of the media and individuals and, I urge fellow citizens to provide support by standing up against these bullies.

The words of Václav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, should provide inspiration and motivation to journalists, “Even a purely moral act that has no hope of any immediate and visible political effect can gradually and indirectly, over time, gain in political significance.”

Anant Singh
5 July 2017

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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