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SANEF Condemns Intimidation Against Journalists

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has come out to condemn the intimidation of journalists as well as the confiscation of their footage by law enforcement officers.

This follows the incident in Alexandra during which Mozambican national, Emmanuel Sithole, was killed and as a result, SANEF has approached Police Commissioner, Riah Phiyega, to raise their concerns over such incidents.

Cell C to Enter the LTE Race in SA

Mobile network operator, Cell C, is set to enter the LTE race in South Africa after announcing a plan to invest R8 billion in a next generation broadband network.

Rivals Vodacom, MTN and Telkom Mobile have already launched LTE networks in South Africa with Vodacom being the first to launch LTE in South Africa in 2012.

However, Cell C, which is South Africa’s third largest mobile network, plans to catch up after signing agreements with Chinese telecom equipment makers Huawei and ZTE.

ASA Ruling Favours NGOs

The recent ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) in favour of Gun Free South Africa, sets an important precedent for non-governmental organisations (NGOs) using advertising for advocacy purposes.
 
Last month, the ASA's Final Appeals Committee found that the statement contained in a Gun Free South Africa advertisement campaign promoting responsible gun ownership constituted an expression of opinion on a matter of public importance.
 
ASA accordingly held that the campaign fell outside of the ASA's jurisdiction.
 

Amankwaa’s Tweets Spark Rage

The fate of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) soccer analyst, Coudjoe Amankwaa, who has sparked outrage with his homophobic comments on Twitter, is still in the balance.
 
SABC spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, “We don’t know exactly what happens until management deals with this. We can only comment afterwards. We can only gather what happened when he meets with his bosses.”
 
As outrage at the comments escalated, AIDS activist, Zackie Achmat, called Amankwaa’s tweet “the most ignorant for a while”.
 

Beatrice Mtetwa Listed in Fortune’s Top 50 Leaders

Prominent Swazi-born human rights lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa named one of Fortune’s 50 greatest leaders of 2015.

Fortune which is an American business magazine published globally by Time Inc and founded by Henry Luce in 1929 competes with Forbes and Bloomberg Businessweek in the national business magazine category and distinguishes itself with long, in-depth feature articles.

R2K Says TV Control System Bad for Poor

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) says that a control system in the boxes required for television watchers to switch from analogue to digital will force the poor to pay for access to information.
 
R2K’s Busi Matabane points out that, “There is little doubt in our minds that the control feature will be used in an attempt to squeeze the poor and force them to pay for essential access to information."
 

Journo Manhandled Outside of Parliament

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has condemned the reported manhandling of a journalist by police outside Parliament.

News24 reporter Jan Gerber says he was forced to delete pictures.

The incident came ahead of President Jacob Zuma's first oral reply session of the year, which will start shortly.

To read the article titled, “Journalist manhandled outside of parliament,” click here.
 

MultiChoice, SABC Deal Criticised

The controversial R550 million agreement governing the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) 24-hour news channel on MultiChoice’s DStv bouquet is back in the spotlight as a group of broadcasting and media stakeholders launched a legal bid to get competition authorities to review the deal.

According to City Press, Caxton Publishers, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition have joined forces in the legal bid before the Competition Tribunal, arguing the deal is not in the public interest.

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