Sanef condemns SABC bias
Cape Town - The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Thursday said it was appalled at the political manipulation of SABC news in favour of the ruling party as revealed in this week's high court judgment.
Sanef said it welcomed the South Gauteng High Court's "searing exposure of the dishonesty" of former SABC head of news Snuki Zikalala, former CEO Dali Mpofu and spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago as a vindication of a complaint brought against the broadcaster by the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI).
Judge CJ Claasen found that the SABC violated its licence conditions and the Broadcasting Act through Zikalala's manipulation of coverage and blacklisting of certain commentators.
He said the broadcaster was guilty of a "dishonest attempt" to cover up what it had done.
The matter was taken to court after the Complaints and Compliance Committee of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) claimed that it had no jurisdiction to hear a complaint brought by the FXI.
Claasen said this was "flawed reasoning" and set aside the Icasa decision, taken in 2009.
Sanef urged the Icasa committee to carry out the court order "by delving even more deeply into the conduct of the violators of journalistic and broadcasting standards and ethics".