media freedom

Madonsela, Tlakula Support Media Self-Regulation

Public protector, Thuli Madonsela, and Adv Pansy Tlakula, have told the Press Freedom Commission hearings on media regulation that there is no other effective way to ensure freedom of the press and expression.

Madonsela and Tlakula, however, were unequivocal in their support for a free, self-regulated press, stating that, "The need for a free and independent but accountable and responsible media, is not negotiable."

ANC Denies Spying on Media

The African National Congress (ANC) denies that its analysis of news media and reporters is a mechanism to keep tabs on journalists.

ANC spokesperson, Keith Khosa, points out that, “The analysis is not a measure that will be used to stifle journalism in South Africa but to assist with effective communication.”

WEF Appoints New Executive Director

South African journalist and editor, Cherilyn Ireton, has been appointed the new executive director of the World Editors’ Forum (WEF) in Paris, France, effective from January 2012.

The WEF is part of the global organisation, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishing (WAN IFRA), and is the only network exclusively dedicated to senior newsroom editors from across the globe.

SANEF: Another ‘Black Wednesday’ Unlikely

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) says it is unlikely that the media will ever be gagged again as they were by the apartheid regime.

Speaking at a function to commemorate 34 years since the National Party government banned black consciousness organisations and jailed journalists, SANEF chairperson, Mondli Makhanya, pointed out that, "Today we are far, far away from that time and we never want to go back."

ConCourt Ruling Victory for Media Freedom: SANEF

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has described the Constitutional Court upholding the Citizen newspaper's appeal in a defamation case by former Ekurhuleni metro police head, Robert McBride, as a victory for freedom of expression and the media.

In a press statement, SANEF, which supported the Citizen's appeal as a friend of the court (amicus), believes that the finding will aid newspapers in their battle against defamation claims and strengthen the principles of freedom of expression and freedom of the media.

SANEF Slams Attacks on Photographers

The South African National Editor's Forum (SANEF) has described attacks on newspaper photographers as not only illegal, but possibly part of a growing tendency among police and the public to prevent journalists from carrying out their duties.

In a press statement, SANEF says there have been a number of instances where police have tried to prevent photographers from taking pictures, taken their cameras, and on occasion roughed them up and arrested them.

O'Regan Urges Media Not to be Complacent

Former Constitutional Court, Judge Kate O'Regan, has warned that the media need to be reflexive in applying their important role in keeping society democratic, and that the judicial landscape is working to ensure their freedom.

Speaking at the opening of the Regulations and Rights conference at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, O'Regan warned that media needs to wield its power carefully.

Call for Govt to Withdraw the Information Bill

Freedom of expression activists, Right2Know Campaign, has called on Parliament to withdraw the Protection of Information Bill and submit it to a second round of public consultation.
 
Right2Know Campaign says that the Secrecy Bill must be withdrawn and resubmitted to a process of public consultation.
 
It further argues that deputy speaker of Parliament, Nomaindia Mfeketo, contravened the rules of the legislature when she extended the lifespan of the ad hoc committee drafting the bill at the end of January.
 

RSF Urges Mutharika to Repeal New Press Law

Reporters Without Borders has written to Malawi President, Bingu Wa Mutharika, urging him to repeal an amendment to Section 46 of the Penal Code that deals a very severe blow to media freedom.

RSF secretary-general, François Julliard, points out that his organisation is dismayed to learn that Mutharika has promulgated the amendment, which was recently adopted by parliament.

"It ushers in the reign of the arbitrary by empowering a minister to determine what is in the public interest and what is not," explains Julliard.

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