Sipho Hlongwane, of the Thought Leader website, wrote:
"It is therefore with great consternation that I observed the ANC Youth League’s latest trend of threats, intimidation, allegations of spying and outright spying on journalists perceived to be “enemies” of the youth league and its president, Julius Malema. Malema and his crony, Floyd Shivambu, seem willing to stop at nothing to protect their political and personal interests.
"Curtailing media freedom is often one of the first steps despots use in asserting their might and imposing totalitarian rule in their countries.
"That is why I decided to initiate SpeakZA, a social media protest against the ANCYL’s jackboot tactics against the media and journalists."