Icasa nullifies SABC’s editorial policy

2017-03-09 20:10
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Cape Town – Icasa on Thursday approved recommendations to nullify the SABC’s editorial policy of 2016, which banned the airing of footage of violent protests.

"The public participation procedure as prescribed by section 6(6) of the Broadcasting Act of 1999 was not adhered to by the SABC Board in the 2016 amendment of its editorial policies,” the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) said in a statement.

The recommendation came from Icasa's competition and complaints commission.

The decision followed a complaint the SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, and Media Monitoring Africa lodged with Icasa in October 2016.

Icasa's decision meant the SABC needed to revert back to its 2004 editorial policy.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago said the broadcaster would study Icasa's decision before deciding on its next step.

In May last year, former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced the broadcaster would no longer air footage of destruction of public property during violent protests, claiming this would prevent others from doing the same.

In July, following public hearings, Icasa instructed the SABC to reverse its decision. Days later, the SABC said it would comply with the decision.

On Tuesday, the National Assembly adopted the final SABC inquiry report. It recommends that the 2016 editorial policy be scrapped and that the current SABC board be dissolved.

On Wednesday, Parliament’s communications committee agreed on five names it would recommend to the National Assembly to constitute an interim SABC board.

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