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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

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The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) notes the President’s important addresses to the nation on the spread and containment of the Coronavirus.

We are committed to supporting the government to:

We have created a PowerPoint presentation that includes information on what journalists need to carry in terms of documentation when they are out on assignment. The document also includes safety tips, a list of useful resources to deal with trauma and a list of credible sources. Please see a link here.

Also, we have included a list of financial resources to assist journalists and media houses to deal with the very serious financial challenges faced by our industry. Please see a link here.


Following the negative impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the media industry, SANEF launched its “Covid19 impact on Journalism” report.

The expectation of the report was that this desktop research would be the starting point to develop a way forward – leading to practical projects to assist journalists and the industry. The report was launched at a webinar: HOW CAN THE MEDIA INDUSTRY SURVIVE COVID19.

The webinar was chaired by EWN’s Editor-in-Chief and former SANEF Chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase with panellists including News24 Editor-in-Chief, Adriaan Basson, SABC’s Editor-in-Chief, Phathiswa Magopeni, AIP Executive Director, Carol Mohlala and media researcher, Reg Rumney.

Watch the webinar here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hMAZ9BM7Is

Read the report here: https://sanef.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SANEF-Covid-Impact-Research-Final-Report9-optimized.pdf