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Safety of Journalists



The safety of journalists is one of SANEF’s top priorities. As an organisation we have taken up this matter through various channels. We have fought the matter through the courts and we have also sought other ways to protect journalists.

An important component of our elections training in 2019 was dedicated to safety of journalists.

Access the CPJ South Africa Election Safety for Journalists Toolkit

SANEF held an important workshop on the matter in September 2019 with political parties. We invited world-renowned, Indian journalist and Washington Post columnist, Rana Ayyub to be the guest speaker. Also, Lawrence Mute, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression and Access to Information in Africa was in attendance. Independent media law expert, Okyerebea Ampofo-Anti, delivered an input on a possible way forward including a crafting a draft MOU to ensure improved terms of engagement.

Access the speaking notes from the 2019 SANEF workshop

Most recently we have taken on South Africa’s third biggest political party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to stop online harassment of journalists.

Ream more about the South African National Editors’ Forum v Economic Freedom Fighters litigation