SABC censorship allegations serious - ANC

2016-07-01 22:30
Supporters chanting 'Hlaudi Must Fall!' outside the SABC headquarters in Johannesburg  (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Supporters chanting 'Hlaudi Must Fall!' outside the SABC headquarters in Johannesburg (Mpho Raborife, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Video

SABC censorship: Are we going back to apartheid?

2016-07-01 15:59

Members of the media and the public protested outside the SABC’s head office in Auckland Park in solidarity with the employees suspended for standing up against changes to the public broadcaster’s editorial policy.WATCH

Johannesburg – The allegations of censorship at the SABC are very serious and should be investigated, the ANC said on Friday.

There was no place in a constitutional democracy for censorship and the ANC expected the SABC to deal with the allegations in a way that upheld freedom of the press, spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said.

He said an entire institution should not be made into a problem because of one individual - SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

“If Hlaudi is the problem, it must not be viewed as the entire institution being the problem. Hlaudi is not the SABC. We sometimes institutionalize individuals in order to attack the institution itself.”

Kodwa said the SABC’s management should be able to investigate the issues concerning censorship and act appropriately.

“We have to let them deal with the issues. It's very clear there are issues that need attending to at the SABC, for example the high turnover of CEOs. There are a lot of acting people and nobody is full-time. That in itself has got an impact on the management of SABC,” he said.

The party felt that genuine concerns about the SABC’s editorial policy and censorship seemed to have been "hijacked by right-wingers such as Solidarity and Zwelinzima Vavi".

“Some people will take any chance to launch an attack on the SABC.”

On Friday morning, journalists from several media outlets picketed outside the SABC’s offices in Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town in support of three journalists who were served with suspension letters last week.

They disagreed with an instruction during a diary conference not to cover the Right2Know campaign's protest against censorship at the public broadcaster earlier that week.

Motsoeneng has been criticized for his decision last month that the SABC will no longer air footage of the destruction of property during protests.

Read more on:    anc  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.