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About Us

The Association of Independent Publishers (AIP) is a vibrant national organisation for advancing the interests of the local grassroots independent print media sector in South Africa. We represent hundreds of small, locally owned media outlets from across the country, including newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and online publications.

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Total publications


Total Publishers

7 491 699

Total monthly readership

2 497 233

Total monthly print run

Our Values

Through networking, training, and support for grassroots media, AIP is committed to:

Striving for media diversity and pluralism
Promoting inclusivity, accuracy and integrity
Defending and advancing media freedom at a grassroots level
Giving strength to independent voices
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Past and Present Funders


Our Partners

Media sector

Audit Bureau of Circulation 

The ABC is a non-profit company registered in terms of Section 8 of the Companies’ Act, based on a bi-partite agreement between advertiser and advertising agencies and media owners. The primary function is the certification and provision of accurate and comparable circulation figures, to assist the bi-partite groupings (advertisers/marketers and publishers) in the buying and selling of advertising and promotional material.

National Community Radio Forum

The NCRF is a national, membership-driven association of community radio stations and support service organizations.

Press Council

The Press Council, the Press Ombud and the Appeals Panel are an independent co-regulatory mechanism set up by the print and online media to provide impartial, expeditious and cost-effective adjudication to settle disputes between newspapers, magazines and online publications, on the one hand, and members of the public, on the other, over the editorial content of publications.

South African National Editors Forum

SANEF is a non-profit organisation whose members are editors, senior journalists and journalism trainers from all areas of the South African media. SANEF promotes excellence in journalism through fighting for media freedom, writing policy submissions, research, education and training programmes.