There was no huge threat to the media in SA, but some planned laws were
worrying, South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) chairman Jovial
Rantao said on Friday, according to a report on Business Day's website.

Addressing a joint SABC and Sanef conference, Rantao said: "There is no huge threat against the media in this country."

"However, as Sanef we are concerned about the number of legislations that will have a massive impact on our media freedom – Film and Publications Bill, the National Keypoint Act and legislation restricting the use of terms related to the 2010 Soccer World Cup worry the organisation."

Sanef was also concerned about reports that Sunday Times editor Mondli Makhanya faced arrest and that attempts were made to tap his phone. "We are concerned there are people going around digging dirt on the editor of the newspaper and we believe we have reason to be worried."

SABC board member Thami Mazwai said debate was needed on whether the recent coverage of the health minister’s hospital stay was in the public interest.

"What about African culture? Does it allow us to get into people’s bedrooms?"

Click here to read the full report, posted on Business Day's website.