Don't share fake news, Sanef urges

2016-09-20 10:24

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says it has noticed an alarming trend of fake news websites publishing inaccurate information under the guise of news.

"Sanef notes and strongly condemns Monday's false story about the well-being of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu which has done the rounds on social media. There have also been recent reports about former president Thabo Mbeki," the forum said in a statement.

- Read more: The rise of fake news sites in SA

Such inaccurate reports by websites masquerading as credible news sources were highly damaging and hurtful to those involved and their families, the forum said. They also did a great disservice to legitimate news websites and the news industry as a whole.

"We also note that many of these fake sites purposefully use names and logos very similar to authentic media houses in an attempt to deceive their readers," the statement reads.

Sanef called on the publishers to desist from publishing false and inflammatory stories with immediate effect, as it was "grossly irresponsible".

Sanef also urged all South Africans not to perpetuate false news cycles by sharing such stories on their social media networks.

"We ask that greater attention be given to the source of news before simply retweeting or sharing."

Sanef encouraged South Africans to ensure that they shared from well-established, trusted and credible news sources that are a legitimate part of the SA media landscape.

Sanef said it would look for an appropriate course of action to take against such fake news sites. 

Read more on:    sanef  |  media

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham

Here are just ten of our favourite plus-sized models:


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
How to open a beer bottle without an opener
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.