Journalism

Bill Threatening Journalism in SA to be Re-Introduced to Parliament

The Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill is expected to be introduced to parliament before the end of the year and anxiety around it still abounds. Critics argue that it gives too much power to government with not enough leeway for public interest. Critics are particularly concerned about its impact on investigative journalism.

MISA Criticises SA Over Press Freedom

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says South Africa is one of four countries listed as having concerning ‘media policy developments’.
 
In a statement released by the to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2016, MISA points out that, “While there has been a dramatic increase in the number of access to information laws on the continent – 19 to date – the right to access information on issues that affect people’s livelihoods remains beyond the grasp of the majority of African people.”
 

​SANEF: SA Journos Have Something to Celebrate

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says on World Press Freedom Day the fundamental principles of media freedom are celebrated and evaluations are made of the role of media freedom in countries throughout the world.
 
The organisation, which celebrates one of the most important days on the media calendar, paid tribute is paid to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.
 

SANEF Slams Attack on Journalists

The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has condemned the attack on two journalists from The Citizen newspaper, as well as on activists, after the funeral of slain anti-mining activist, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe.

Two of The Citizen’s journalists and two anti-mining activists were beaten at the funeral of Rhadebe on the Eastern Cape’s Wild Coast at a remote village near Mbizana on Saturday, 2 April 2016.

Rhadebe died in a hail of bullets two weeks ago when he was attacked by hitmen, apparently for his continued resistance to

Malawi Journos Engaged on Disability Issues

World Vision Malawi has engaged the media through a four-day training in disability so that journalists gain advanced knowledge and skills in how to report and broadcast current affairs programmes that are a true reflection of persons with disabilities.

The training follows news that media products lack positive coverage of persons with disabilities despite the policy and media ethics being in place in the country.

This coincides with increased cases of persons with albinism being abducted, killed, neglected and abused through bad reporting and programming of issues.

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.
 

SANEF Concerned About SAPA Demise

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has expressed concern about the imminent closure of the South African Press Association (SAPA).
 
In a press statement, “SANEF extends its solidarity and support to the 48 staff, including 35 journalists, at the SAPA who are about to lose their jobs in an industry that has already shed far too many posts under tough economic conditions.”
 

Media Urged to Give Women Voices

Women Parliamentarians in Zimbabwe have urged the country to promote females in politics in order to bridge the gap between them and their male counterparts who hold the bulk of positions of authority in political parties and government.

The women decried lack of media attention and accused some sections of the media of always pulling them down through stereotyped coverage which portrayed them as less influential in the administration of the country.

Public Service Accountability Monitor: Programme Head - Monitoring and Advocacy

The Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) is a unit within the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University. The PSAM is concerned with the promotion of a more rights-based and evidence-based interaction between the state and citizens for greater equity, quality and effectiveness in the delivery of public services. 

The PSAM seeks to appoint a Programme Head to lead its Monitoring and Advocacy Programme (MAP), based in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Zimbabwe Votes Against Journos

According to a statement issued by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Zimbabwe, together with China, Rwanda, Vietnam and Russia voted against the resolution that sailed through after 40 of the 54 countries in the Economic Social Council called in favour, while six abstained and three were absent.

The country’s foreign affairs permanent secretary, Joey Bimha, says he is yet to be briefed on the matter.

Bimha adds: “I do not know what really happened in New York. I will find out.”

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