The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has appointed a new chairperson, Mahlatse Gallens, during their annual general meeting (AGM).
This comes amid censorship allegations and governance issues at the SABC.
Gallens is also the SABC's Deputy Political Editor, and insists that she will be able to address the issues confronting the public broadcaster without conflict.
I am prepared to deal with it. When I speak, I am speaking on behalf of Sanef... I'm not saying it is an easy challenge.— Mahlatse Gallens, newly appointed Sanef Chairperson
Gallens says that she wants to tackle the violent attacks on journalist at public gatherings and protests, as well as harassment from police.
We are really concerned about the safety of our journalists. We are calling on communities to recognised that they are there to tell their stories.— Mahlatse Gallens, newly appointed Sanef Chairperson
She says that police do not have the right to force journalists out of reporting scenes or confiscate visual material.
Gallens says that Sanef will meet with law enforcement agencies next month.
Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes: