Political interference at SABC - letter

2012-12-10 09:07
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Johannesburg - An anonymous letter purportedly written by SABC reporters, producers and presenters has raised concerns of political interference at the state broadcaster, according to a report on Monday.

The Times reported that the letter contained complaints that journalists were "taken to task" for not giving adequate coverage to President Jacob Zuma.

The letter was addressed to the SABC board and acting news head Jimi Matthews, but was unsigned, apparently because the authors feared they would be victimised.

"The climate of uncertainty and fear has created a state of paranoia in both the television and radio newsrooms and has lowered morale," the letter reads.

According to the newspaper, the letter contained allegations that some programmes were cancelled after the content was announced on air, and when talkshow guests had already arrived.

Political journalists were allegedly removed from their posts and analysts from their regular shows without explanation.

There were also complaints that stories about expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema were "treated differently".

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago denied to The Times that Matthews or the board had received the note, and said the SABC had received no complaints about the issues it raised.

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