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Sanef appoints Kate Skinner as Executive Director



Congratulations to Kate Skinner - Past pupil of DLSHCC (matriculated 1986)

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has announced the appointment of media scholar, researcher and activist Kate Skinner as its executive director.

The announcement was made in a statement on Wednesday.

According to Sanef, the executive director runs the affairs of Sanef on a full-time basis, coordinates the organisation’s advocacy work and assists in raising funds for its media freedom projects.

Sanef says Skinner has a long and outstanding track record of media freedom advocacy. For the past two decades, she has done work for various organisations and watchdogs dedicated to promoting fair, quality and ethical journalism, to defend the right of journalists to report without fear or favour.

Skinner has over 20 years’ experience in the media industry, including chairing the board of the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI).

She also served as a director of Kagiso educational television and most recently, she found the Save our SABC (SOS) coalition. In 2017, she received her PhD from Wits University on public service broadcasting in the digital age.

“We are delighted to welcome Kate to Sanef,” chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase said.

“We believe her long-standing commitment and passion to an independent media will strengthen Sanef and reinvigorate our contribution to strengthening media freedom in South Africa,” Mahlase added.
"Kate joins Sanef as we intensify our campaign to bring on board ordinary South Africans to be at the forefront of protecting the rights of journalists and defend them against intimidation, attack or harassment."

Skinner said Sanef had a “critical role to play in building a strong, free, quality and diverse media. I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to strengthen this very important organisation.”


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