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Safety of Journalists



The safety of journalists is one of SANEF’s top priorities. It was a key component of our 2019 elections campaign and now is a critical aspect of our Covid 19 programme.

In terms of the Coronavirus we have gathered a number of important trauma resources that we hope will be of assistance to journalists during this stressful period.

Please see below:

As an organisation, SANEF has taken up safety issues through various channels.

We have fought the matter through training, research and the courts.

Safety and the 2019 elections

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

Safety of journalists and political leaders

SANEF held an important workshop on the matter of safety of journalists online 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 crafting a draft MOU to ensure improved terms of engagement.

Access the speaking notes from the 2019 SANEF workshop

Further, in 2019 we took South Africa’s third biggest political party the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to court to stop online harassment of journalists.

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