South Africa: Sanef Statement on Treatment of Journalists at 54th Elective Conference

Reporters at the ANC's 54th National Elective Conference.

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has met with the ANC following what happened to journalist and chair of our media freedom subcommittee, Sam Mkokeli & many other journalists covering the ANC's elective conference in Nasrec.

Since this afternoon's incident, Sanef has received complaints from reporters. These include pictures which have been deleted, a journalist was punched in the stomach, another was pushed down and women journalists have reported being inappropriately touched by marshals inside the Plenary Hall.

‪The meeting was very productive and the ANC has apologised for what happened today. They will now try and get Mkokeli's accreditation back, after he handed it over to avoid being further manhandled.

‪The ANC has requested reporters to report all incidents as soon as they happen so that they can attend to them. The ANC has also pledged to speak to security about incidents of inappropriate behaviour and touching by marshals. The ANC has also reported security breaches by journalists.

As Sanef we will continue to ask for the ANC to be more transparent and allow a free flow of information.

We are however appealing to our members to respect the security arrangements currently in place - as uncomfortable and undesirable as they may be.

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