• The 2019 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence, contributing to an increase in fear. The number of countries regarded as safe, where journalists can work in complete security, continues to decline, while authoritarian regimes continue to tighten their grip on the media. […]

    Tuesday, 23 April 2019

  • 17 April 2019 The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is concerned by the attempted hijacking and robbery of an SABC news crew yesterday covering a story in Alexandra Township north of Johannesburg. The crew was robbed of its broadcast equipment. This is the second incident in the last few weeks where SABC journalists have […]

    Wednesday, 17 April 2019

  • 15 April 2019 The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is saddened to learn of the passing of veteran journalist Juby (Zubeida) Mayet. She passed away Saturday morning at the age of 82. Born in Freitas (Vredesdorp) in 1937, Mayet a founder and treasurer of the Union of Black Journalists (UBJ) was detained for four […]

    Monday, 15 April 2019

  • 12 April 2019 The thirty-eight undersigned human rights and civil liberties organisations are gravely concerned by the continued arbitrary detention of Mr. Amade Abubacar, a community radio journalist at the state-owned Rádio e Televisão Comunitária Nacedje de Macomia, in Cabo Delgado province. We urge the Mozambican authorities to immediately and unconditionally release him and allow […]

    Friday, 12 April 2019

  • 10 April 2019 SANEF strongly condemns the violent disruption of journalist Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s “Gangster State” book launch at Exclusive Books, Sandton, Johannesburg last night. Video footage of the incident shows that protestors wearing t-shirts displaying the logos of the ANC and SANCO, destroyed copies of Myburgh’s book. They loudly chanted “Ace, Ace” and prevented the […]

    Wednesday, 10 April 2019

  • 02 April 2019 The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is concerned by the verbal attack by ANC Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte against ENCA political reporter, Samkele Maseko. In a video recording published on ENCA’s website, Duarte accuses Maseko of asking questions that are “attacking the ANC”, “battering the ANC,” “intimidating everybody” and threatens […]

    Tuesday, 2 April 2019


The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is a non-profit organisation whose members are editors, senior journalists and journalism trainers from all areas of the South African media.

We are committed to championing South Africa’s hard-won freedom of expression and promoting quality, ethics and diversity in the South African media.

Sanef promotes excellence in journalism through fighting for media freedom, writing policy submissions, research, education and training programmes.

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Sanef promotes excellence in journalism through training and education programmes as well as our free-of-charge publications.


Sanef is committed to encouraging ethically-driven media, and providing an environment for ethics discourse in the South African media.


Sanef supports a free media and the right of the media to work without fear of reprisal or intimidation.


Among Sanef’s key endeavours is the work of addressing racial and gender diversity in the media so that it more accurately reflects South Africa’s demographics.




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