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Pieter du Toit | Zuma’s cynical attack on Karyn Maughan, News24 and media freedom must be defeated
Former president Jacob Zuma’s private prosecution of News24 journalist Karyn Maughan and State advocate Billy Downer is a cynical attack on media freedom and the rule of law. It must be roundly defeated, says Pieter du Toit.
The attacks on Karyn Maughan, News24’s legal journalist, start early in the day.
When she publishes her reports or analyses of former president Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial in Pietermaritzburg just after 06:00 on News24, or when she covers the impeachment hearing of advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, online trolls abuse her relentlessly.
They call her “a lying, white bitch”, a racist, a pig and a criminal. They also call her a “servant of white privilege, a propaganda journalist”, and an “askari”.