25 October 2010: ProJourn Statement on João Silva

Posted by Projourn Administrator on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 In : Press releases 
The Professional Journalists’ Association of South Africa extends its warmest wishes for a speedy recovery to award-winning Johannesburg-based photo-journalist João Silva who was badly injured in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan on Saturday morning. Widely recognised as being among the finest war correspondents of his generation, João works on regular rotation for the New York Times in the world’s hot-spots including Afghanistan and Iraq. Despite his status, João has remained an una...
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12 August 2010: Take the media appeals tribunal off the table

Posted by Projourn Administrator on Thursday, August 12, 2010 In : Press releases 
The Professional Journalists’ Association of South Africa supports calls made by City Press editor Ferial Haffajee and Wits University's Prof Anton Harber last night at the Critical Thinking Forum, hosted by M&G and Amandla, for the ANC to take the proposed media appeals tribunal off the table.

While ProJourn believes that there is room to evaluate and strengthen the mechanisms through which the print media regulates itself, it fully agrees with comments made during the debate last night th...
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4 August 2010: Press Statement: Arrest of Sunday Times journalist

Posted by Projourn Administrator on Thursday, August 5, 2010
4 August 2010

Sunday Times journalist Mzilikazi wa Afrika was arrested this morning at the Sunday Times offices. According to the latest reports the police have said this is nothing to do with his work as a journalist but rather to do with wa Afrika in his personal capacity. The Professional Journalists’ Association of South Africa won't comment on the reasons for the arrest and whether or not it was warranted as the facts in the case are not clear, but does note with serious concern the tre...
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22 July 2010: Media tribunal unacceptable

Posted by Projourn Administrator on Thursday, July 22, 2010 In : Press releases 

The Professional Journalists’ Association of South Africa (ProJourn) notes with concern the re-emergence of calls by the ANC for an 'independent' media tribunal.

The call for a media tribunal constituted by the ruling party raises the spectre of Apartheid-era attempts to control the media and its right to report freely and without hindrance. Such a tribunal would rob the public of its right to information, set media freedom back decades and erode the hard won freedoms of our new democracy...


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21 May 2010: ProJourn supports court ruling on freedom of expression

Posted by Projourn Administrator on Friday, May 21, 2010 In : Press releases 
The Professional Journalists' Association supports the court ruling, made late last night, that has allowed the Mail & Guardian to publish a cartoon, drawn by Jonathan Shapiro/Zapiro, depicting Mohammed in today's (May 21, 2010) edition.

The Association supports the ruling on the grounds that it is an important ruling in support of the right of the media to comment on important issues without fear of intimidation.

In Islam it is forbidden to depict Mohammed, in any way, hence the objection to ...
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