Journalists show united front at Cape Town SABC protest

2016-07-01 09:33
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SA Journalists protest for media freedom

Journalists across the country picket in solidarity with SABC staff. View gallery here.

Cape Town - Motorists driving past the SABC office in Sea Point hooted in support for around 100 picketing journalists shouting "Hlaudi must go!"

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Dressed mostly in black, they held up boards stating "Not in our name", a comment on recent editorial developments at the public broadcaster.

Joining them was SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata, who spoke out against his employer earlier in the week.

He told News24 on Friday that he felt it was crucial that he attend the peaceful protest and show his support. His son sat on his shoulders.

While SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoaneng earlier assured staff at the broadcaster were happy, Calata said there was much discontent.

He said he had, on many occasions, challenged editorial decisions put to him.

"If we don't show one aspect of a protest, then we won't show one aspect of another story," he said.

"It starts off small and escalates into something so much bigger than what we ever could imagine."

Some journalists stood with black tape crossed over their mouths.

Among those braving the icy weather were editors Adriaan Basson (News24), Gasant Abarder (Cape Argus) and Andrew Trench (Times Media).

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