Govt Slammed for Barring Media

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has condemned the barring of journalists from the media gallery ahead of delivery of the State of the Province Address by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura.

In a press statement, SANEF states that, “Journalists attending the event were told by legislature officials that the media gallery was occupied by VIP guests and that no reporters were allowed in the House during Makhura's delivery."

SANEF to Approach Courts Over Media Freedom

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has expressed its outrage at the illegal clampdown on freedom of expression during the State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday, 12 February 2015.
The organisation states that it plans to approach the courts and seek a meeting with President Jacob Zuma and Speaker, Baleka Mbete, as soon as possible in order to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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.

Electronic Communication Cut Ahead of SONA

Electronic communication from parliament was cut for several hours ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speech on 12 February 2014.

A signal scrambler, said to belong to the military, was found in the press gallery at the National Assembly.

The device prevented journalists - who chanted “Bring Back Our Signal” - MPs and the public from making cellphone calls or tweeting from the parliamentary precinct.

SA Condemns Charlie Hebdo Attack

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation reports that the South African government has condemned the attack on French satire magazine, Charlie Hebdo in which 12 people were killed in Paris.

In a statement, Department of International Relations and Cooperation deputy director general, Clayson Monyela states that, “The South African government joins the international community in condemning the calculated and barbaric terrorist attack on journalists and members of the public in Paris, France...”

Zapiro Warns of Shrinking Media Freedom

Following the killing of 12 people at France's Charlie Hebdo weekly, renowned cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro known as Zapiro warns of shrinking media freedom.

Zapiro, whose drawings are published by the Mail & Guardian, told the paper he hoped the attack in Paris "doesn't have a further chilling effect on satirists, commentators and journalists; any free thinkers in society".

SABC Donates Archive Footage to Mandela Foundation

As the world commemorates the first anniversary of former president Nelson Mandela’s passing today, 5 December 2014, the Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) hosts an exhibition in memory on the Icon.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has handed over a video and audio material including highlights of Mandela’s life and funeral coverage from the corporation’s television, radio and digital platforms to the foundation.

The public broadcaster ran a 10 day special broadcast across the different platforms after Mandela’s death.

SANEF Welcomes Review of Practices

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has welcomed the decision by to review its editorial management practices.

In a press statement, SANEF chairperson, Mpumelelo Mkhabela, points out that, "Council has noted developments regarding allegations of editorial interference at eNCA implicating politicians, shareholders and senior executives."

Mkhabela says SANEF welcomes the decision to launch the review of the channel’s editorial management practices to safeguard editorial independence and credibility of news coverage.  

MISA Launches Youth Usage of Social Media Study

Media Institute of South Africa (MISA) has partnered with the Swaziland Youth Empowerment Organisation (LUVATSI) to launch its study on youth usage of social media, which focuses on the benefits and disadvantages of the use of social media by young people.

According to Vuyisile Hlatshwayo, national director for MISA Swaziland, social media is an important source of information for young people that gives them greater freedom to express themselves.


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