Sanef to seek clarity on whether journalists will keep working during coronavirus lockdown


Sanef to seek clarity on whether journalists will keep working during coronavirus lockdown

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The president introduced most South Africans would have to stay largely confined to their properties for at the least 21 days, with solely sure classes of staff allowed to transfer extra freely.

In an announcement on Monday, the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s historic speech earlier within the night asserting a lockdown from midnight on Thursday 26 March till midnight on Thursday 16 April.

The group famous the classes of people that can be exempted from the lockdown included well being staff, the South African National Defence Force, emergency personnel, these within the safety providers, the manufacturing of meals and fundamental items, important banking providers “and so on”.

“We be aware that journalists weren’t included amongst this group within the speech – however {that a} ‘full checklist of important personnel will be revealed’.”

They mentioned their understanding was that journalists would kind a part of the ultimate checklist.

“Sanef believes that it’s important that journalists are allowed to do their jobs in order that unusual residents have a transparent understanding of what’s occurring of their nation – in order that they will comprise and combat the illness.

“With individuals below lockdown they want the media for info, to keep abreast of what’s occurring, to know what to do.

“Broadcasters want particular permits to transfer from their homes to the studios. Media firms have already taken particular measures to guarantee solely a skeleton employees is on name.

“Sanef will be searching for additional info from the Presidency and GCIS tomorrow to get clarity on points comparable to classes of media staff that could be excluded – does this embrace staff at printing presses, supply truck drivers, and many others – identification points, press playing cards, doable youngster take care of single mother and father who’re journalists and so on?”

They undertook to report again to the business as quickly as that they had additional info.

“Finally, Sanef once more calls on all media homes to take all crucial precautions to guarantee the security of journalists and to keep away from sensationalism.

“We want to make sure the distribution of accountable, fact-checked, credible information and data.”

(Edited by Charles Cilliers)

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