• 12 July 2019 The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) is a body representing the editors of newspapers, digital and broadcasting platforms in our country. We champion media freedom and the protection of journalists under threat.   SANEF is looking for a dynamic, organised, problem-solving, tech savvy project and office manager with research and writing […]

    Friday, 12 July 2019

  • 11 July 2019 The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) condemns the attack and manhandling of two journalists allegedly at the hands of Metro police in Durban while they were covering a protest in support of suspended eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede. Independent Newspaper Group’s political Journalist Sihle Mavuso was allegedly assaulted and arrested by metro […]

    Thursday, 11 July 2019

  • 10 July 2019 The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) condemns the attacks on Newzroom Afrika’s reporter, Mweli Masilela and the harassment of Independent journalists, Piet Rampedi and Mzilikazi Wa Africa. Mweli Masilela was attacked while out on a story in Vosman near Emalahleni. He was violently accosted by a group of men while investigating […]

    Wednesday, 10 July 2019

  • Download below the legal documents of the South African Editors’ Forum (SANEF) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) court case: Notice in terms of Rule 6(15) Filing sheet for affidavit   EFF answering affidavit: Part 1 Part 2   Annexures to the EFF’s affidavit

    Tuesday, 9 July 2019

  • 02 July 2019 Read the joint submission to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. The submission gives comments on their “Draft Principles on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa”.  

    Tuesday, 2 July 2019

  • 01 July 2019 In the lead up to South Africa’s elections in May, the Electoral Commission of South Africa accredited CPJ Africa Program Coordinator Angela Quintal as an international observer, monitoring press freedom. Quintal found that unlike 1994–when she covered the violence of the country’s first democratic elections journalists in 2019 cited online harassment and threats as the biggest […]

    Monday, 1 July 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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