Reporting on Migration in South Africa: A Guide for Journalists and Editors

October 2019

The media has an important role to play in changing perceptions and reshaping the conversations around migration. Sensationalist or over-simplified stories on migration or xenophobia can perpetuate or even encourage violence. It is therefore important to write about cross-border migration in a way that is responsible and educational. This guide was written with the understanding that journalists and editors work under immense pressure. It provides helpful guidelines when reporting on migration and pointers on how to avoid common pitfalls.

Professor Loren Landau and Silindile Mlilo contributed to the guide on behalf of the African Centre for Migration & Society and the Xenowatch project.

Sonke Gender Justice and Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town (2019). Reporting on Migration in South Africa: A Guide for Journalists and Editors. Sonke Gender Justice, Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town, African Centre for Migration and Society, Consortium for Refugees and Migrants South Africa, and Lawyers for Human Rights: South Africa.

The report can be accessed here.

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