The South African National Editor’s Forum (Sanef) says licensing journalists to practise would have a negative impact in the media industry.
This follows SABC Acting Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s proposal that journalists should have a licence to practice.
He was speaking at the Radio Days conference taking place at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Motsoeneng also said that journalists must report 70% positive news.
However, the Media Freedom Committee’s Raymond Louw says, Motsoeneng’s proposal would infringe on the work of journalists.
“Journalism is at risk because journalists are supposed to be telling the story of what’s going on in the country and they not supposed to be selective and say “Oh well, we run this story because it’s a good news story, but we won’t run this story because it’s a bad news story.”
He adds that a story is run because it arouses public interest and informs people of what’s taking place in their world.