The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has condemned the barring of journalists from the media gallery ahead of delivery of the State of the Province Address by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura.
In a press statement, SANEF states that, “Journalists attending the event were told by legislature officials that the media gallery was occupied by VIP guests and that no reporters were allowed in the House during Makhura's delivery."
It says that journalists were accommodated in a committee room, equipped with a television screen, on which they had to watch and listen to Makhura's address. "The microphones of certain MPLs were switched off when they rose on points of order and journalists couldn't hear what was said."
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