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With the upcoming elections, the media is more important than ever. It’s our responsibility, not just as SANEF, but as South Africans, to uphold the practice of reporting real news, as it happens, Ensure your news comes from trusted, fact-checked sources. Be cautious when sharing and report untrustworthy sources or articles to the correct channels.


30 April 2019

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) sees the proliferation of misinformation and disinformation as dangerous to the health of our democracy.

SANEF is opposed to the term “fake news”.  We believe the term has been abused by US President, Donald Trump to discredit legitimate media.

SANEF defines “misinformation” as information that is inaccurate. “Disinformation” however is more dangerous – there is an intention to mislead and cause public harm.

SANEF is working closely with Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) to counter “misinformation” and “disinformation”. MMA has undertaken extensive research in respect of disinformation and possible strategies and approaches for the upcoming elections – and beyond. This includes setting up a portal, with the Independent Electoral Commission, to report disinformation online and on social media.

Please go to the “REAL 411” for more information:

If you are unhappy with the accuracy of information in print and online publications please go to the Press Council. If you are unhappy with the accuracy of information on broadcast platforms please go to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) or to the Independent Regulatory Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

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