Sanef was instrumental in the formation of the South African Media Interest Group (SAMIG) and also assisted the media in other African countries set up editors’ forums.
Southern African Editors’ Forum (SAEF)
When Sanef was formed, some of the 10 countries of Southern Africa already had editors’ bodies. By November 2003, all except Angola were organised. A group of representatives from these countries travelled to Johannesburg to meet and form SAEF. By 2006, the organisation shared an office with Sanef in Johannesburg, but operated separately. Currently, there are problems with the Zimbabwe forum because of splits between state and independent editors, however talks to resolve this split continue. Sanef meanwhile continues to assist SAEF and maintains a close relationship with the organisation.
West African Editors’ Forum (WAEF)
In West Africa, there was difficulty in creating national forums. As a result, it was decided to first form regional offices and to promote national ones from that base. The WAEF was launched in October 2005.
East and Central Africa experienced similar problems and have not yet formally launched editors’ forums, however they are represented on the WAEF steering committee. As yet, there has been no success in establishing editors’ forums in North Africa.
The African Editors’ Forum (TAEF)
In October 2005, a TAEF steering committee organised two conferences in Johannesburg. The committee had hoped to hold one in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but it proved easier to get funding for the events in South Africa. The second conference was the founding conference of TAEF, titled “Reporting Africa for Africans and the world”, which resulted in the establishment of a draft constitution.
President Thabo Mbeki spoke at this conference and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan sent a message. Since 2003, the steering committee has met, on average, twice a year and meetings are conducted in French and English.
In September 2006, the Editors’ Council of TAEF, made up of representatives from each of the regional bodies, met for the first time in Grahamstown, South Africa.
South African Media Interest Group (SAMIG)
SAMIG is a joint working group made up of Print Media South Africa, Sanef, the South African Press Association, Online Publishers Association, NAB, and Magazine Publishers Association under the guidance of the News Media Coalition.
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