• By Pierre de Vos his article was published last week Tuesday, Sept 17 in the Daily Maverick Last week Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema declared that Daily Maverick, their investigative unit Scorpio, and independent investigative journalism unit amaBhungane would no longer be ‘allowed’ to cover EFF events or briefings. The ban imposed by the […]

    Monday, 23 September 2019

  • A draft document has been released by the International Convention On The Safety And Independence of Journalists And Other Media Professionals. The purpose of the Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the safety of journalists and other media professionals in times of peace and during armed conflict, and to safeguard their ability to exercise […]

    Monday, 23 September 2019

  • The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has noted the findings of an independent inquiry into allegations of censorship and editorial interference at Primedia. The Inquiry chaired by Terry Motau SC found the talk show host, Karima Brown had breached the provisions of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) Code. Brown lodged her […]

    Friday, 20 September 2019

  • The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has noted the testimony of Colonel Kobus Roelofse at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on 18 September 2019, implicating Tiso Blackstar senior journalist Ranjeni Munusamy in accepting gratification from the Crime Intelligence unit. Roelofse testified that he uncovered a payment of R143 621.78 from a secret […]

    Thursday, 19 September 2019

  • Helene Eloff’s Master’s Degree Research titled: “South Africa’s Media Defamation Law in a Constitutional, Digital Age” deals with the digitisation of journalism and our legal responses. She has dedicated this research to those South African journalists who fulfil their mandate legally and ethically. She hopes that the contents of her research will contribute towards the […]

    Monday, 16 September 2019

  • The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) held its September council in Pretoria on Saturday and discussed several issues, including the Economic Freedom Fighters’ EFF’s “banning” of amaBhungane, Scorpio and Daily Maverick from attending their party events, including press conferences. Despite being told by Julius Malema on Social Media to “go to hell” at the […]

    Sunday, 15 September 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.

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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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