2019 April

26 Apr: How South Africa Ranks in the Press Freedom Stakes

It’s pleasing that the latest World Press Freedom Index released by Reporters without Borders rates the state of press freedom in South Africa as “satisfactory”. Satisfactory is the second best category after “good”. South Africa is on par in the “satisfactory” category with countries like Australia, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, the UK, Austria…

25 Apr: SANEF Congratulates Mathatha Tsedu and Benjamin Pogrund

25 April 2019 The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) would like to congratulate both Mathatha Tsedu and Benjamin Pogrund for being honoured today by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Tsedu and Pogrund received the Order of Ikhamanga, which recognises South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture,…

23 Apr: 2019 World Press Freedom Index – A cycle of fear

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…

15 Apr: SANEF Mourns the Passing of Journalism Giant Juby Mayet

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…

10 Apr: SANEF Condemns the Violent Disruption of Journalist Book Launch and the Increased Attempts to Refer to Journalists as “Stratcom”

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…

02 Apr: SANEF is concerned by verbal attack by ANC Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte against ENCA political reporter, Samkele Maseko

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…