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Equality Court Judgment Of Sanef vs EFF Case
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Equality Court Judgment Of Sanef vs EFF Case

The South African National Editors’ Forum has noted on 24th October 2019 the judgment by Judge Daisy Molefe of the Equality Court, dismissing Sanef’s case that harmful and hateful statements made by EFF leader Julius Malema, his colleagues and supporters against journalists constitute hate speech and harassment.

We will be studying the content thereof before we make further decisions about the continuation of the legal process. You can download the Judgement here:

Sanef is disappointed that the ruling was not in our favour, but maintain we were fully justified to have approached the courts after numerous instances of threats and intimidation were issued by the EFF against journalists. We also wish to emphasize that the recourse to the courts was a last resort after efforts to meet the EFF failed.

We note that Judge Molefe states in her judgment: “It is incumbent on all organs of state, including the judiciary, to not only have regard to but to take positive steps to protect the safety and independence of journalists.”

We will continue our attempts to engage the EFF and all other political parties on mutually acceptable rules of engagement. We recently hosted a symposium on this topic. The EFF was invited but didn’t attend the event.

SANEF is also working on a memorandum of understanding between the media and political parties to encourage more cordial interactions and rules of engagement.
Sanef welcomes the criticism of journalists and the titles they work for by the EFF and any other member of the public, but again we call on these critics to engage the media in a way that does not amount to intimidating or threaten the lives of reporters.

For more information please contact:
Kate Skinner – SANEF Executive Director 082 926 6404
Judy Sandison – SANEF Media Freedom Committee 082 571-3334
Sbu Ngalwa – SANEF Media Freedom 073 404 1415
Janet Heard – SANEF Western Cape SANEF Convenor, 0780419528

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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.