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Partner Organisations

Sanef partners and works closely with,  the following media organisations. Sanef cooperates through hosting workshops, writing submissions and other media activities. Our express purpose is to shape and grow the media industry both within South Africa and Internationally. 


South African Organisations


The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism is a non-profit company founded to develop investigative journalism that is in the public interest. Its main goal is to promote free media, transparency and accountability within the democratic dispensation.


Association for Independent Publishers

The Association of Independent Publishers is an organisation with the main objective of advancing the interests of the local grassroots independent print media sector in South Africa.


Broadcast Complaints Commission of South Africa

The BCCSA is an Independent Judicial Tribunal established in 1993 by the National Association of Broadcasters (“NAB”). The BCCSA is a body corporate formed to promote freedom of speech, the free flow of information and the maintenance of high standards of broadcasting in South Africa.


Cape Town Press Club

The Cape Town Press Club is a representative body that promotes free speech in a non-partisan environment and consists of media representatives members, amongst others, journalists, editors and retired members of the media.


Freedom of Expression Institute

The Freedom of Expression Institute was established in 1994, with the purpose of defending freedom of expression, to oppose censorship, to promote access to information and knowledge, and to promote media diversity.


Gender Links

Gender Links is an organisation that promotes gender equality and justice across fifteen countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. It is well known for its research studies.


Institute for the Advancement of Journalism

Institute for the Advancement of Journalism is a journalism and communications training institute which provides training for journalists and media practitioners.


Interactive Advertising Bureau South Africa

The Interactive Advertising Bureau South Africa (IAB SA) is a member-driven organisation that promotes digital growth in the marketing, advertising and communications sector. We are an independent, voluntary, non-profit association focused on growing and sustaining a vibrant and profitable digital industry within South Africa. The IAB SA currently represents more than 150 members including online publishers, brands and educational institutions, as well as creative, media and digital marketing and advertising agencies. The IAB SA represents the South African digital industry to all sectors, including the marketing and advertising community, the media, the South African government and the public. Our aim is to provide our members with a platform where they can engage and interact with each other and address digital issues of common interest, thereby stimulating learning and growth within the South African digital space. Through our Regulatory Affairs Council, we work to ensure that rights and freedoms pertinent to our members’ interests are enhanced and protected.


Media Development and Diversity Agency

The Media Development and Diversity Agency is a statutory development agency for promoting and ensuring media development and diversity. MDDA in partnership with the South African Government and major print and broadcasting companies aims to assist in, amongst others, developing community and small commercial media in South Africa.


Media Monitoring Africa

Media Monitoring Africa is a monitoring-based organization that uses technology, social media and data tools, in order to act as a watchdog, taking on a role to promote ethical and fair journalism which supports human rights.


Media Workers Association of South Africa

The Media Workers Association of South Africa is a union which represents more than 17 000 journalists and media practitioners in South Africa.


National Association of Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters engages with policy makers in order to promote an industry grounded in the principles of democracy, diversity and freedom of expression.


National Press Club of South Africa

The aim of the National Press Club of South Africa is to promote the professional and social interests of its members in the media fraternity.


PEN South Africa

PENSA is an organisation that represents writers of the world, in defending free-expression and encouraging literature.


Press Council of South Africa

The Press Council, the Press Ombud and the Appeals Panel are an independent co-regulatory mechanism set up by the print and online media to provide impartial, expeditious and cost-effective adjudication to settle disputes between newspapers, magazines and online publications, on the one hand, and members of the public, on the other, over the editorial content of publications.



The Right2Know Campaign launched in August 2010 is a movement with the central focus on freedom of expression and access to information, in order to meet South African citizens’ social, economic, political and ecological needs.


South African Communications Association

The South African Communications Association is a professional body that represents academics from around Southern Africa working in communications and related fields.


Southern Africa Freelance’ Association

The Southern African Freelancers’ Association advocates for and supports freelance workers in the communications fields, through providing resources, tools, training and networking to strengthen freelance careers.


Support Public Broadcasting

SOS is a Civil Society Coalition, which campaigns for the SABC, a public broadcaster to serve the public interest.


International Organisations

Africa Check

Africa Check is a non-profit organisation established to promote accuracy in public debate and the media in Africa. The goal of Africa Check is to raise the quality of information available to society across the continent.


African Editors’ Forum

The African Editors’ Forum is a body of Editors and senior editorial executives from all over Africa. Its member are committed to building editors’ organisations in regions all over the continent and give senior editors a voice and a communications network that allows them to report without intimidation and censorship.


Media Institute of Southern Africa

The Media Institute of Southern Africa, based in Namibia, is an organized group of activists advocating for the specific social agenda of media freedom and freedom of expression, with the purpose of changing Southern Africa to make it a safer environment for media workers.


Southern African Editors’ Forum

The Southern African Editors’ Forum was launched 2003 in Johannesburg by representatives from 10 countries of the Southern African region, except Angola. SAEF has over the year’s maintained close partnership with Sanef, but they have separate operations.


West African Editors’ Forum

The West African Editors’ Forum was launched in October 2005, prior to years of difficulty in establishing national forums within the West African region. East and Central Africa experienced similar problems and have not yet formally launched editors’ forums, however they are represented on the WAEF steering committee. As yet, there has been no success in establishing editors’ forums in North Africa.


World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers is a global organisation which aims to protect the rights of journalists around the world, to operate free media and provide its members with professional services to help their businesses prosper in a digital world and perform their crucial role in open societies.


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