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Sanef Meets Mboweni Over “War” Tweets

13 November 2018

A South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) delegation met with Finance Minister Tito Mboweni today in Pretoria.

The meeting was arranged to discuss the minister’s recent social media posts threatening war against the media.

SANEF reiterated its concerns around increased physical threats to journalists and the critical importance of government (and corporate) leaders protecting and strengthening our constitutionally-guaranteed freedoms. These include rights to freedom of expression, access to information and freedom of the media.

The Minister shared the background context to his posts, which included a number of events where he felt his rights were seriously violated through unethical and reckless journalism. He acknowledged there were problems with the tone and severity of his tweets.

The Minister stressed the need to strengthen journalism ethics, so the craft could at all times be a service to the public and be protected from rogue elements, within and outside the industry.

The Minister stated his commitment to freedom of the media and highlighted the necessity of a robust and independent media in building the country’s economy and strengthening the overall macro-economic framework. He stressed though the importance of independent media reporting without fear, favour or prejudice.

Finally, he expressed his support for SANEF as an organization fighting for the safety of journalists – and for a quality, ethical and diverse media industry.

 

For more information please contact:

Mahlatse Mahlase – SANEF Chairperson

083 399 2852

 

Moipone Malefane – SANEF Secretary General

082 772 5861

 

Sam Mkokeli – SANEF Media Freedom Committee

082 084 2051

 

Kate Skinner – SANEF Executive Director

082 926 6404

 

 

 

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Deadline for Submissions to the Independent Inquiry into Media Ethics and Credibility Extended

SANEF has launched an Inquiry into Media Ethics with a panel of commissioners headed by retired judge Kathleen Satchwell, including panellists Nikiwe Bikitsha and Rich Mkhondo. The aim of the Inquiry is to investigate what went wrong with some of our journalism in recent years and how we can strengthen it so that trust and alliances between us and the public can be built. If you are aware of any ethical breaches, evidence of capture of journalists by their sources, capture of publications or media houses, bribery of journalists or any other issues linked to credibility or ethics, including examples of best practice journalism, please contact the panel via the following email address: panel@mediainquiry.co.za.
Please note the deadline for written submissions is 31 January 2020. Submissions can be sent to the same email address. There is no specific format for submissions but please back all your claims with evidence and facts and ensure that you include your contact details.
Click here for a link to the terms of reference of the Inquiry.