The Media Review Network finds it deplorable that Graeme Hosken resorts to sensationalism in his article in the Pretoria News (21 December 2010) titled: “Al Qaeda link in attack on cop.”

Conjecture and speculation, especially revolving around unsubstantiated reports on the existence of armed Al Qaeda militants in South Africa is viewed by us as unwarranted linkage to crime.

Whilst we condemn the criminal activities of thugs involved in outrageous murders of innocent people, especially the tragic killing of police officials, we find it unacceptable for journalists to raise fear and alarm regarding unverified allegations by faceless sources in respect of Al Qaeda.

We call on the Minister of State Security, Mr Siyabonga Cwele to probe these allegations and to issue a public statement on the veracity of these charges.

In the light of the controversy raging around the Deewani murder, we are concerned that reports such as this one by Graeme Hosken will contribute to tarnishing South Africa’s image, especially if right-wing media in Britain and elsewhere use it a source of proof that Al Qaeda poses huge threats to safety and security in South Africa.

Iqbal Jassat                       


Media Review Network

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