The Ministerial Committee’s report on transformation and social cohesion and the elimination of discrimination in public higher education institutions, released recently, is one of the most comprehensive and balanced reports on the conditions undermining social cohesion, successful integration and, particularly, academic performance at our universities.
freedom of expression
The South African National Editor’s Forum (SANEF) has criticised visiting musician, R Kelly, for provoking the anger of journalists and editors by trying to trample on their rights.
In a press statement, SANEF says it was shocked to learn that an attempt was made to compel journalists covering the musician to sign a document that commits them to censorship and several stringent conditions in direct violation of media freedom, a right guaranteed in the Constitution.
On Saturday, I attended a workshop at Constitutions Hill organised by Congo Renaissance (CoRe), a platform of Congolese living in South Africa in commemoration of the World Press Freedom happening the following day, Sunday 3rd of May.
Worldwide the World Press Freedom day is considered as a day of action to encourage and develop initiatives in favor of the freedom of the press; a day to remind governments to respect their commitments to press freedom; and a day to alert the public and to increase awareness of the importance of freedom of the press.
The SABC has been lurching – for years - from crisis to crisis to the extent that its editorial and programming credibility, financial viability and institutional sustainability are now seriously in question.
The Extra Ordinary Editor is a book dedicated to the memory of Stephen Wrottesley, a champion of journalism and a South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) stalwart. Published by SANEF, the book provides editors and senior journalists with the skills to run their own news organisations by learning about the mistakes and successes of others.
Its eight chapters covers topics such as:
- The job
- Managing yourself
- Managing people
- Managing content and processes
- Managing business and bosses
The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has welcomed a High Court ruling that Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s hearing before the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) should be open to the media.
“Media groups and the Freedom of Expression Institute made an urgent application to the court that in the interests of 'open justice' and the fact that the issues were of high public interest, the hearings should be conducted in public,” SANEF said in a press statement.
According to figures from the Stats SA website – you should go there – it offers really cool ways to play with population data) based on their 2008 mid-year population estimate, children account for between 39% and 43% of South Africa’s population.
That seems quite a lot. Seriously. Zambia has more: 52% of Zambia’s population are children - incredible! If we look at the news, we certainly wouldn’t have any idea that children make up such a huge chunk of the population.
The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has condemned the South African government's refusal to let the Dalai Lama visit the country.
FXI executive director, Jane Duncan, points out that to refuse the public the right to hear what the Dalai Lama had to say on issues that are extremely close to the hearts of most South Africans is a blatant disregard of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
The Freedom House has called for an independent investigation into the recent death of an Iranian blogger, who was imprisoned two years ago for posting negative blogs against Iran's leadership.
Freedom House, executive director, Jennifer Windsor points out that, "Omidreza Mirsayafi's death illustrates the dangerously inhospitable environment in which bloggers operate in Iran."
As we brace ourselves for the forth national democratic elections, a key and central question that many South Africans have been asking themselves is: What kind of leadership does this country need in consolidating and strengthening democracy?