• Full View Anchor Tsepiso Makwetla dealt with some of the issues discussed at the “credibility of Journalism” panel discussion at the Goethe Institute. Over the last decade, the face of journalism has changed in significant and dramatic ways. Newsrooms have become smaller, digital media has become the first port of call for keeping up with […]

    Thursday, 15 August 2019

  • By Mahlatse Mahlase Sanef Chairperson. The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) notes and welcomes the public debate in the wake of our Equality Court application against the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader, Julius Malema. We believe that this discussion will strengthen and improve our national discourse on the importance of media freedom […]

    Wednesday, 14 August 2019

  • The South African National Editors’ Forum has today (August 13, 2019), been asked to make its court papers on this matter available. Please find attached here: The original Sanef court papers: https://www.sanef.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Part-1.pdf https://www.sanef.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Part-2.pdf https://www.sanef.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Part-3.pdf The EFF answering papers here: https://sanef.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019.07.03-EFF-Response-Part-1.pdf https://sanef.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019.07.03-EFF-Response-Part-2.pdf Annexures to the EFF papers All Sanef replying affidavits single document The Media Monitoring […]

    Tuesday, 13 August 2019

  • The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is pleased to announce today (August 12, 2019) that its Inquiry into Media Credibility and Ethics is making good progress. Journalists and members of the public have started to engage and make submissions. On 24 June 2019, SANEF launched an independent Inquiry into Media Credibility and Ethics with […]

    Monday, 12 August 2019

  • The South African Police Service (SAPS) have limited and strict circumstances to stop the media from taking photos or videos, as indicated by the SAPS Standing Order 156. Helene Eloff, has recorded this podcast to explain what the Standing Order 156 says? She also advises all journalists to download the standing order for easy reference […]

    Monday, 12 August 2019

  • Ferial Haffajee writes in the Daily Maverick The internet and the powerful social media platforms now host among the worst forms of violence against journalists and are a rising threat to media freedom. Women journalists come in for particular targeting in a trend now called cyber-misogyny. Naming it makes it no less painful, as I […]

    Tuesday, 6 August 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 has launched an Inquiry into Media Ethics with a panel of commissioners headed by retired judge Kathleen Satchwell, including panelists Nikiwe Bikitsha and Rich Mkhondo. The aim of this Inquiry is to investigate what went wrong with some of our journalism in recent years and how we can fix these gaps and loopholes so that trust and alliances between us and the public can be built. Read more 


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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