Representatives of the SAPS and a delegation from SANEF have met in Pretoria, and decided to establish a working committee of senior
police communications officers and journalists to deal with disputes
and other issues that arise in reporting police related activities, according to a joint media release.

In recent months, both institutions had complained about incidents that had caused friction and inhibited communication.

The meeting was held at the request of both SANEF and the SAPS. Journalists voiced their complaints about police conduct and difficulties in gaining information and the police voiced their criticism of the media.

The working committee consisting of six members each from the police and SANEF will meet monthly to discuss complaints and other issues as they arise.

Issues discussed included the management of crime scenes, the access of media to court proceedings, the security legislation concerning the coverage of national key points as well as improving channels and expertise of communication.

For more comment please contact:
SAPS Director Phuti Setati on 0827784312
Raymond Louw – SANEF Media Freedom Sub-Committee Chair: 011 646 8790 / 082 446 5155