Sanef has published insightful work in the field of media ethics, which can be downloaded or ordered on our site.
We recommend the following books on the topic of ethics in the media and particularly journalism, some of them by leading South African media academics:
- Black, white & grey, ethics in South African journalism. Krüger, F. 2004. Double Storey Books: Cape Town.
- Media ethics: a guide to responsible journalism. Retief, J. 2002. OUP: Cape Town.
- Editorial independence? It depends on interdependence. Siluma, M. 1996. Rhodes Journalism review. No. 13.
- When MBA’s rule the newsroom. Underwood, D. 1995. Columbia University Press: New York.
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Reporting the Courts - A desk guide and glossary (2012)
This is a general Glossary of terms used in its accompanying text Reporting the Courts - A handbook for South African journalists by Kevin Ritchie edited by Gwen Ansell, ISBN 1-92043-01-7, and of terms and words found in court documents and used in legal proceedings.
Reporting the Courts - Handbook (2012)
Our courts have often emphasised that it is not enough that justice be done; justice must also be seen to be done. While the responsibility to ensure that justice is done is borne by the courts, it is the media that depicts the course of justice in the public mind and thus has the power to determine whether justice is seen to be done.
BCCSA chairperson’s report 2007 – 2008
BCCSA chairperson’s report 2007 – 2008. With fourteen years of democracy behind us, an important question is whether the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has lived up to the ideals of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Three main questions emerge: is the BCCSA an independent judicial body, is fairness a cornerstone of its procedure and its application of the Broadcasting Code, and does it protect fundamental human rights?
BCCSA media codes of conduct
The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) was established by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in 1993 to adjudicate and mediate complaints against broadcasters that have signed its Code of Conduct.
Die Burger’s code of ethics (Afrikaans)
Die Burger’s code of ethics in Afrikaans.
Etiese Kode en Riglyne vir Verslaggewers, Fotograwe en Grafiese Kunstenaars van Die Burger
SABC editorial code
The board and management of the SABC have affirmed their commitment to the principle of editorial independence and to an editorial code of ethics.
Code of professional practice
The code provides the governing principles of ethical journalism practice.
SA press codes of conduct
The print media industry has set up the office of the press ombudsman and an appeal panel to mediate, settle and, if necessary, adjudicate complaints about what has been published in newspapers and magazines, in accordance with a code and rules of procedure.
SABC legal and policy framework for broadcast news
South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) legal and policy framework for broadcast news
Sunday Times staff policy guide
Sunday Times staff policy guide
The Star’s code of ethics and Independent Newspapers’ code of conduct
The Star‘s code of ethics and Independent Newspapers’ code of conduct
Black, white and grey: Ethics in South African journalism
Author: Krüger, F. 2004
Publisher: Double Storey Books: Cape