SABC Protest

By Drum Digital
28 June 2016

Journalists are taking a stand against SABC and what they deem to be censorship under COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s decision to no longer air footage of violence at protest and his call that no negative press will be written about President Jacob Zuma.

By Ayanda Sitole

The spark came from journalists from competitive news broadcaster eNCA who posted pictures of themselves on social media with tape across their mouths as a sign of being gagged and forced into silence.

Some of the journalists include well known reporter Karyn Maughan, and eNCA news editor Matuba Mhlatjie.

A letter of complaint to Motsoeneng which was written by 3 senior journalists at the SABC has also been circulated on social media and the DA has taken to the streets with members marching outside the SABC’s offices in Auklandpark, Johannesburg.

Their placards read “Hlaudi Must Go” and “Stop the sANc.

This comes after Monday’s news that the SABC’s acting CEO, Jimi Matthews resigned because he believed that his journalistic integrity has been compromised.

Several calls have been made and emails sent to SABC’s spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago since Monday, and he continues not to answer his phone or respond to emails.

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