2019 South African general election: Analysis and News

Sanef worried by rise in cyberbullying of journalists

South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) executive director Kate Skinner says the 2019 elections have been very difficult for journalists.

Journalists have come under enormous attack from the public over the past couple of months.

Skinner says social media has played a huge role in making the job difficult for those in the media industry.

There has been quite a lot of cyberbullying.

Kate Skinner, Executive director - South African National Editors Forum

In previous elections, social media was around but not to this extent, but I think in this elections it has really been dominating.

Kate Skinner, Executive director - South African National Editors Forum

There has been problems in hotspots and journalists had a tough time.

Kate Skinner, Executive director - South African National Editors Forum

However, she says the one thing that has been good in this election is that they had a site which dealt with disinformation and abuse.

The real 411 site allowed us to put information about cyberbullying.

Kate Skinner, Executive director - South African National Editors Forum

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