The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has dismissed an appeal against its finding that the Forum for Black Journalists was unconstitutional in excluding whites from membership.

SAHRC spokesman Vincent Moaga said the appeal was dismissed last week.   The commission ruled last April that barring journalists from joining the Forum for Black Journalists (FBJ) on the basis of race was unconstitutional.

This came after Radio 702 news editor Katy Katopodis lodged a complaints when white journalists were barred from attending the FBJ's "blacks only" lunch with African National Congress president Jacob Zuma.

At the time of the commission's original finding, FBJ chairman Abbey Makoe said the forum rejected the findings, calling it a "judicial ambush" which amounted to the first banning order of a black initiative.