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South African Rights Agency Investigates Exclusionary Media Forum

South Africa's leading human rights agency has opened an investigation into why white journalists were barred from a briefing with newly elected African National Congress President Jacob Zuma.

The ANC leader's attendance at a Forum of Black Journalists event in Johannesburg Friday has stirred controversy because a number of white journalists were refused entry or asked to leave.

A popular South African talk radio station, Talk Radio 702, complained to the South African Human Rights Commission after one of the station's journalists was forced to leave the briefing.

The Forum's chairman Abbey Makoe told the radio station that black journalists needed to discuss certain issues separately from whites due to past discrimination under the apartheid system.

Mr. Zuma told reporters at the briefing that he saw nothing wrong with the Forum's decision.

The South African National Editors' Forum, which represents both white and non-white editors, said in a statement that such exclusion "has no place in South Africa Monday and certainly not in a forum that represents journalists."

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.