Xenophobic attacks: Sanef calls for accurate reporting

By Drum Digital
20 April 2015

SANEF has called on the media to remember to be responsible in their reporting of xenophobic violence

The South African National  Editors' Forum (SANEF) believes that media organisations in the country can contribute to curbing attacks on foreign nationals by fostering tolerance among communities.

In a statement released after its council meeting in Durban, executive director of the forum, Mathatha Tsedu said:

“We urge all colleagues in the media to do their best in ensuring that while they accurately and fairly report on the attacks - as they have been doing -they also do whatever they can to assist communities of different backgrounds to find each other. "

The media has come under attack from King Goodwill Zwelithini, for supposedly misrepresenting comments he made at a gathering in Pongola two weeks ago by not showing his entire speech.

At an Imbizo held at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Monday.

Zwelithini said he had asked the Human Rights Commission to investigate the media's role in inciting xenophobic violence. "I hope the the media will also accept being investigated by the commission," he said. The king's imbizo at Moses Mabhida stadium has gathered fans and oppossers to his rule. Here are a few tweets from today:  

       

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