The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) has come out to condemn the intimidation of journalists as well as the confiscation of their footage by law enforcement officers.
This follows the incident in Alexandra during which Mozambican national, Emmanuel Sithole, was killed.
As a result, Sanef has approached Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, to raise their concerns over such incidents.
Sanef’s Mpumelelo Mkhabela says the concern is that the confiscation of cameras and the deleting of images is continuing and now taking a different turn as the media reports on xenophobic attacks around the country.
Mkhabela urges police to protect journalists when under attack, and not to take part in the attacking of the media personnel.
He tells SAfm’s AM Live that such incidents by the police should stop as they have no right to be confiscating material from the media.