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