South Africa: What Happened On World News Day - Key Media Aggressors Didn't Pitch


Indian investigative journalist Rana Ayyub's book has not been published in her country, yet has sold over 700,000 copies. This is a testament to how much people want to hear the truth and why independent journalism will always remain relevant. At the weekend, she spoke at an event in Johannesburg on combating online harassment of journalists. It was a pity few politicians pitched.

It would have been beneficial to all had the ANC and the EFF made the effort to attend a roundtable the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) held on Saturday 28 September - World News Day marked by the World Editors Forum.

The date coincided with Unesco's International Day for Access to Information and celebrated "the work of professional news organisations and the impact they make on the communities they serve". On the day, in Hamburg, Germany, South African investigative journalists, including amaBhungane, Daily Maverick's Scorpio and News24, jointly won the Global Investigative Journalist Shining Light Award for the #Guptaleaks investigations, in a joint honour shared with Rappler from the Philippines.

In Johannesburg on Saturday, the online harassment of journalists and a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on new rules of engagement regarding treatment, safety and protection of...

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