SABC bans ‘Pay back the money’ visuals

2014-12-28 08:00

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The SABC has banned the use of the footage of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MPs chanting “Pay back the money” at President Jacob Zuma during a tumultuous question-and-answer session in Parliament in August.

Senior SABC journalists have told City Press that they have been barred from using the visuals when they write stories about the EFF for TV news.

This represents the second such instruction after the general manager of radio, Leuba Ramakgolo, sent an email to SABC staff members last month informing them that they needed permission before bringing any political guests on to news platforms.

The SABC said at the time that this was to make sure content such as the “vulgar language” in Parliament was not aired. That decision was also criticised by staff members.

“How are people supposed to work? Do they know how many stations there are at the SABC?” asked a senior staffer.

But the public broadcaster is denying that there is a ban on the parliamentary footage, saying editorial decisions are taken on a story-to-story basis and editors are within their rights to make a call on what angle to take or which visuals to use.

City Press understands that the ban only applies to TV bulletins.

The SABC’s parliamentary journalists say the verbal instruction was issued over the past seven days, without any reason.

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