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MISA Criticises SA Over Press Freedom

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says South Africa is one of four countries listed as having concerning ‘media policy developments’.
 
In a statement released by the to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2016, MISA points out that, “While there has been a dramatic increase in the number of access to information laws on the continent – 19 to date – the right to access information on issues that affect people’s livelihoods remains beyond the grasp of the majority of African people.”
 

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.

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.”

Botswana Arrest Journos Over Story

Officials from the Botswana corruption watchdog have raided the offices of the Botswana Gazette and arrested its manager, editor, journalist and lawyer in what appears to be a continuing effort by Botswana government to clamp down on the private press.

The arrest comes eight months after the detention of the editor of the Sunday Standard, Outsa Mokone, under sedition charges, causing veteran journalist, Edgar Tsimane, to flee to South Africa, saying that he fears for his life.

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.

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."

Two Swazi Govt Critics Convicted

A lawyer in Swaziland says two government critics there have been found guilty of contempt of court in a case that focused attention on human rights in the landlocked African kingdom.

Sipho Gumedze, a human rights lawyer, says that the two critics - a lawyer and a magazine editor - are considering an appeal.

Lawyer, Thulani Maseko, and Bheki Makhubu, editor of Swaziland's The Nation magazine, have been charged after publishing articles in which they lamented alleged threats to judicial independence.

SANEF Condemns Journalist Arrest

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has expressed shock at the detention of a journalist, Sandiso Phaliso, by police in the Western Cape.

In a press statement, SANEF media freedom committee chairperson, Adriaan Basson, points out that, "This behaviour by officers of the South African Police Service is completely unacceptable."

Basson is of the view that Phaliso’s freedom of expression has been infringed by this incident, when he tried to expose officers neglecting their very basic duty of protecting communities.

SABC Journo Abductors in Court

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has reported that he was held hostage for two hours and money was withdrawn from his account.

Two suspects who allegedly held SABC’s radio news senior investigative journalist, Jacques Steenkamp, captive by a group of men in Krugersdorsp, Gauteng, while working undercover, investigating claims of prostitution and child trafficking.

Steenkamp was released after money was withdrawn from his bank account.

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