Johannesburg - All journalists present at an ANC Youth League media briefing in which a BBC reporter was called a "bastard" by Julius Malema should have left in solidarity with him, the National Press Club said on Thursday.
"Journalists need to stick together. It is entirely appropriate to walk out should a news conference degenerate into a shouting match and should journalists be sworn at and insulted," said chairperson Yusuf Abramjee in a statement condemning Malema's behaviour.
"This is not the first time that Malema has chosen to attack journalists and it appears to have become a trend in the past few weeks."
It expressed concern over the incident and urged the media to boycott Malema and the ANCYL.
The Democratic Alliance spokesperson on rural development, Mpowele Swathe, said each time Malema "open(s) his mouth, he does damage to our prospects of attracting foreign investment, developing our economy and addressing inequality and poverty."