Sanef in talks over Mandela funeral coverage
12 December 2013, 23:02
Qunu - National editors held talks on Thursday with the
Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) on media coverage of
Nelson Mandela's funeral in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
"The SA National Editors' Forum [Sanef] is concerned
over restrictions of media coverage in Qunu," forum member Adriaan Basson
Journalists were being barred from entering the village
and taking pictures. They were told to go to the media centre, about 3km from Mandela's
The restrictions have forced journalists renting houses
nearby to find alternative accommodation.
A police officer said: "We were briefed not to allow
you access or to let you take pictures. You can go to the white tent," he
said, referring to the nearby media centre.
On Wednesday, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane
said the media had violated protocols.
"It has... come to our attention that some members
of the media have violated the protocols and arrangements that are in place in
Qunu, and that this is causing frustration for the authorities and the Mandela
family and community of Qunu," said Chabane.
Basson said they were in talks with GCIS and hoped to
have an amicable solution soon. Brian Dube of GCIS said there would be a meeting
on Friday to discuss coverage and restrictions in the area.