Sanef to join protests over SABC practices

2016-06-30 21:17
Former SABC employee Cobus Bester and senior SABC staff members protest the suspension of their three colleagues. (Pictures: Facebook)

Former SABC employee Cobus Bester and senior SABC staff members protest the suspension of their three colleagues. (Pictures: Facebook)

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

Cape Town - The South African National Editors’ Forum will join Friday’s planned pickets outside the SABC’s offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Sanef urged all journalists and citizens who support media freedom to attend the protests in Auckland Park, Johannesburg and Sea Point, Cape Town, at 08:00.

“Recent editorial policy directives are a direct assault not only on the journalism profession but on media freedom as a whole,” the media body said in a statement on Thursday.

The protests were against censorship, Sanef said, and in support of staff who had taken a stand on these matters of basic journalistic principle.

Several of the public broadcaster’s journalists had been suspended for speaking out against COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s decision to no longer air footage of the destruction of property during protests.

Acting CEO Jimi Matthews resigned on Monday over what he termed a “corrosive atmosphere” at the organisation.

A message of the intended action was circulated by journalists and news editors on social media, email, and Whatsapp. It was not clear who the organiser was.

It reads: “So here’s the deal: on Friday journos from all over will gather outside SABC Auckland Park dressed in black with placards that read ‘#journalistrights’ from 8am. SABC staffers, with placards that read ‘#notinmyname’, will join them and they’ll proceed to Constitution Hill.

“This is not about us or our respective media houses, but a direct assault on our profession and press freedom.”


Read more on:    sanef  |  sabc  |  johannesburg  |  cape town  |  media

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.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Jordaan missing in action

2016-09-25 00:00

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Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.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
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.