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Sanef Mourns The Death Of Journalist, Ben Said
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Sanef Mourns The Death Of Journalist, Ben Said

Journalist Ben Said has died

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) mourns on 27 August 2019 the passing of veteran journalist, Ben Said who drowned on Monday at a beach in Mozambique, where he was holidaying with his wife and two daughters. According to eNCA, he drowned in a tragic diving accident on Monday afternoon.

Said was eNCA’s director of news and had just recently returned to South Africa after working at television channel – TRT World in Turkey. He joined eNCA as a producer in 2000 before rising through the ranks to become senior reporter and eventually Group News Editor.  He left the news station in 2015 to take up a senior management position at TRT in Turkey. He had just re-joined the senior management team at eNCA.

eNCA’s Editor-at-Large, Jeremy Maggs has described Said as “one of the country’s best television journalists” saying his loss to the station was immense.

“Having just re-joined the station, he was already making his presence felt across all aspects of the business. We are all in deep shock,” said Maggs.

SANEF is deeply saddened by this loss to the media industry and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Nicky and his daughters Lily and Bella as well as his family, friends and colleagues across the media industry.

May his soul rest in peace.

Ben Said working at the Union Buildings in Pretoria

For more information please contact:

Mahlatse Mahlase – SANEF Chairperson, 083 399 2852

Sam Mkokeli – SANEF Media Freedom Chairperson, 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.
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