press freedom

SABC’s News Strategy Concerns MMA

Rights group, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), says the call by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, for 70 percent of SABC news stories to be positive, raises issues of editorial independence.

The organisation, which calls on the SABC interim board to act immediately and prevent any such proposed editorial interference, describes Motsoeneng’s suggestion as ‘deeply concerning’.

Photographer Shooting Unacceptable - SANEF

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says it is unacceptable that photographers and journalists find themselves in the line of fire so often.

SANEF chairperson, Nick Dawes, was commenting on a report that a photographer of The Star newspaper was injured by a Red Ants security guard's rubber bullet.

Dawes points out that, "We understand that The Star will be laying criminal charges in relation to the shooting of Motshwari Mofokeng, and we fully support them in that decision."

NGO Condemns Manhandling of Journos

Reports that a home affairs official allegedly manhandled reporters outside a Cape Town police station on 20 May 2013 was met with outrage by the South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF).

In a press statement, SANEF says that Cape Argus photojournalist, David Ritchie, and reporter, Yolisa Tswanya, were covering a story about the arrest and detention of immigrants at the police station when they were accosted by the official.

NGO Calls on Newspaper Editor to Resign

The Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) has called on the managing editor of Swaziland's only independent newspaper group to resign because he is too close to King Mswati III.
 
MISA, the foremost media freedom group in the region, says that Martin Dlamini's position was 'untenable'.
 
In a scathing attack on the Times of Swaziland, one of only two newspaper groups in the kingdom, MISA Swaziland chapter said Dlamini could not discharge, 'his unbiased editorial duty when he would appear to be beholden to the authorities'.
 

SANEF Hail PAP Media Declaration

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says that a Pan African Parliament (PAP) decision to launch a continent-wide campaign to promote press freedom is a ‘major move’.
 
In a press statement, SANEF points out that, “(We) regard this as a major move by a governmental institution to combat the growing secrecy adopted by most African governments in the conduct of affairs which should be open to the public.”
 

PAP Makes Media Declaration

The Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has made a declaration on press freedom in Africa during a session in Midrand.

The PAP endorsed the conclusions of a dialogue on media freedom in the continent at a session held under the theme ‘Press Freedom for Development and Governance: Need for Reform’.

The PAP decided to launch a campaign and to establish an annual PAP award for media freedom in Africa as well as establish an annual PAP index on media freedom in the continent.

SANEF Criticises Attack on Journalist

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has described the attack on an Eastern Cape journalist as horrifying.

In a press statement, SANEF points out that, “This comes after a spate of worrying attacks on journalists who were reporting on strikes in the Western Cape in recent weeks, and the intimidation of a reporter covering a protest at the University of Fort Hare by a policeman on duty there."

MISA Backs Govt Attack on Newspaper

The Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology, Sikelela Dlamini, has criticised the Times of Swaziland Sunday, a weekly tabloid, for breaching not only its own code of ethics but also the country's Constitution.
 
Dlamini was responding to an article published by the newspaper under the headline 'The Naked Truth?’, which chronicled the fallout between a Swazi diplomat based in London and her former Zimbabwean boyfriend.
 

Call for SABC to Explain ‘Banning’ Incident

Media experts say the latest ‘banning’ incident at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has made a mockery of freedom of expression, and the public broadcaster must explain.

The SABC was expected to explain on 5 December 2012, why it had prevented three journalists from participating in a discussion on how the media will cover the African National Congress' elective conference in Manguang.

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