SACOMM STATEMENT: Student protests and related Freedom of Expression rights

21 October 2015 SACOMM is the professional representative association which represents academics and scholars in South Africa, working within the fields of the communication sciences, including media studies, journalism, film, corporate communication and communication in general. We note with concern the various instances of violation of freedom of expression and speech rights, accompanying the current …

SACOMM STATEMENT: SABC Crisis

  22 July 2016 – STATEMENT BY MEDIA EDUCATORS ON SABC CRISIS The following statement has been issued by educators in journalism and media studies We, the undersigned educators in journalism, media studies and related subjects, condemn in the strongest terms the arbitrary suspension and firing of some of the leading journalists at the SABC. …

SACOMM STATEMENT: The crisis in higher education, student protests and related freedom of expression rights

11 October 2016 – In light of the current crisis and as communication scholars, we call for universities to embrace a flexible, pragmatic, humane and dialogical approach, and make our skills in communication and conflict resolution available to our academic communities to help resolve the current impasse. We note with concern, the following: The chronic underfunding …

SACOMM STATEMENT: The ongoing harassment of journalists at the University of Johannesburg

18 November 2016 – As the collective of academics who are responsible for the training, mentoring and education of many of our country’s journalists, communications practitioners and media workers, we are deeply concerned about the ongoing intimidation, harassment and abuse of both professional and student journalists.  Most recently, University of Johannesburg (UJ) student journalist, Magnificent Ndebele …