SABC drops guest, party claims censorship

2013-10-04 15:32

The Workers and Socialist Party claims it and its spokesperson, Liv Shange, were victims of political censorship by the SABC.

The party said it had written to the SABC to complain after it dropped Shange from its current affairs programme Interface on September 30.

She was due to appear in a discussion focusing on workers’ rights.

“Liv Shange is a well-known opponent of ANC policy and would have voiced this opposition on the Interface show she was due to speak on,” the Wasp said in a statement.

“It is clear to us that the last-minute dropping of Liv from the programme fits the political censorship that has become a feature under [acting CEO Hlaudi] Motsoeneng’s stewardship.”

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago denied there was any political censorship.

“The reasons [for dropping Shange] would have been communicated to them [Wasp] and they want to now take advantage of it to publicise themselves,” he said.

“We are used to this, especially in the run-up to elections. The SABC is an easy target.”

Kganyago said there were reasons why certain programmes were “canned” and it happened all the time.

The Wasp said it was a clear attempt at political interference in the editorial independence of journalists and producers and was unacceptable.

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