Leave black journalists alone

There has been a lot of hysteria about the blacks-only meeting of the Forum of Black Journalists (FBJ) last Friday. What an absurd storm in a tea cup instigated mostly by the Radio 702 group. Leave like-minded black journalists alone to discuss their mutual concerns.

There has been a lot of hysteria about the blacks-only meeting of the Forum of Black Journalists (FBJ) last Friday. What an absurd storm in a tea cup instigated mostly by the Radio 702 group. Leave like-minded black journalists alone to discuss their mutual concerns.

Radio 702 has exceeded the bounds of responsible, professional journalism with presenters like Kieno Kamies devoting two boring shows of three hours to denigrate FBJ chairman Abbey Makoe.

The only person 702's John Robbie did not raise the topic with was the station's tea lady. The resident station "coconuts" had a field day. So much for 702's hypocritical calls for inclusivity and freedom of expression. Callers later complained that they had been blacklisted by screeners on the Redi Direko and John Robbie shows when phoning to support Makoe.

A caller named "Themba" from Alex is routinely banned from 702 airwaves for his Afro-positive stance.

Thank goodness the Human Rights Commission exonerated Makoe's stance. Sanctimonious bias by some media will be self-defeating for Eurocentric agenda promoters.

We desperately need vibrant political debate in our media but don't let a section of the media with those agendas insult our intelligence with overly biased actions.

ES Ratcliffe, Boksburg

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