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Malema Urged to Respect Freedom of Press

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has expressed concern over the Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema’s alleged intimidation of journalists who work for Gupta-owned media outlets.

This follows Malema’s warning that journalists who work for broadcaster ANN7 and The New Age newspaper that they would not be welcome at the party's events.
"It is unacceptable for any political party to intimidate journalists and to publicly state that they cannot guarantee their safety," argues SANEF.

Google Increases User Privacy Controls

Google increased privacy controls for users and rolled out a website that answers frequently asked questions in response to increasing concern over how the search giant collects and uses its massive amounts of data.
 
Users have been able to control certain privacy settings for months or years, such as whether to save web browser and location history, which is also used in targeted advertising.
 

FPB Not Aiming to Censor Internet Usage

The Film and Publication Board (FPB) has refuted rumours that its Draft Online Regulation Policy will censor Internet usage in South Africa.
 
The FPB says the proposed regulations are to ensure that commercial media distributions do not publish or promote illegal material such as pornography, violence and hate speech outside of the guidelines.
 
Advocacy group, Right2Know, argues that the draft policy - Draft Policy on Online Regulations - is too vague and open ended to understand who exactly will fall within the limitations of the proposed regulations.

Zim Govt Stifling Media Expression: Amnesty

Rights group, Amnesty International, says the Zimbabwean government's continuing stranglehold on community radio in the country is stifling media expression.

In a press statement, the organisation’s director for Southern Africa, Deprose Muchena argues that, "Despite promises and laws enacted more than 14 years ago to free up the airwaves for much needed community radio services, the government of Zimbabwe has failed to deliver on its promises and commitments.”

SANEF Meets National Police Commissioner

A delegation of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) leaders is set to meet with the National Commissioner of Police‚ General Riah Phiyega.

The meeting was convened as a result of ongoing discussions between the police and SANEF over relations between the media and the police.

The meeting will discuss in detail the ongoing and increasing harassment of journalists by police at crime scenes and community protests.

Journos Urged to Report Harassment

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has advised journalists to institute legal action against police officers who continue to harass them.

SANEF has expressed concern over the latest incidents in which the police, taxi drivers and members of security companies, abused journalists.

SANEF spokesperson, Moshoeshoe Monare, says they are extremely concerned about the conduct of the police particularly during the recent attacks on foreign nationals.

Zim Media Under Siege: Mandaza

Speaking at a World Press Freedom Day commemoration, newspaper publisher, Ibbo Mandaza told journalists that Zimbabwe's media is under siege and has been dragged back to the colonial era under the Rhodesia government.

Mandaza who is the director of think-tank, Southern African Political and Economic Series Trust, says that, “…the state is now ruling without being accountable to people.”

He stresses that, "There is too much censorship of the media, especially state-owned media houses.”

4G, Wi-Fi, Growth in the Next Five Years

A survey reveals that 3G is overtaking 2G as the primary cellular technology, with 4G accounting for 56 percent of mobile data traffic by 2019.

According to the latest annual update of the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast for 2014 to 2019, the ongoing adoption of more powerful devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections may see 3G surpassing 2G as the top cellular technology, based on connection share, by 2016.

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.

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