SABC 'censorship' worries press club

2012-12-07 22:12

Johannesburg - Allegations of a second instance of censorship within a week at the SABC were disturbing, the Cape Town Press Club said on Friday.

The SABC was being investigated for cancelling a MetroFM talk show on Tuesday about media coverage of the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

The broadcaster also allegedly censored a talk-show on SAFM on Wednesday morning.

"Allegations have now surfaced that a talk-show on SAFM on Wednesday was also cancelled at the last minute in a similar fashion," the club said in a statement.

"Presenter Siki Mgabedeli was due to interview Cosatu [president] Sdumo Dlamini, but an instruction was given apparently to cancel the discussion because the interview did not have an ANC participant."

The club said in the space of a week both the media and an alliance partner of the ANC had been on the receiving end of censorship within the SABC.

The club welcomed the Independent Communications Authority of SA's probe into the cancellation at MetroFM, and hoped the probe would be expanded to include the allegations about censorship at SAFM on Wednesday.

Cancelled segment

On Tuesday, three political journalists were scheduled to appear on MetroFM's "Talk with Sakina", presented by Sakina Kamwendo, to discuss media coverage of the conference in Mangaung. The talk was cancelled at the last minute.

Sunday Times political editor S'thembiso Msomi, Business Day political editor Sam Mkokeli and Financial Times Southern African bureau chief Andrew England were reportedly already at the SABC studios when the interview was cancelled.

SABC group radio executive Leslie Ntloko said on Wednesday that management had received the list of guests for the cancelled segment late. When management learned the ANC was not participating, the plug was pulled. He said the ANC needed to be a part of the discussion.

He cited SABC rules that when an issue involved an event of national importance, and a political party, that party had to be invited to participate.

SABC spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago was not immediately available for comment.

  • shaun.miekle - 2012-12-07 22:32

    Ag shame. We are dealing with morons in power who think they have culture

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-12-08 04:22

      They have their "own culture", it's just the colour that differs (African Way).

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-12-07 22:33

    With every passing day the ANC is becoming more paranoid. They are like a dog guarding a bone, snapping and growling at anyone venturing close. News flash ANC: You can block just a fraction of what is out there, the people will not allow you to get away with the theft of their money forever.

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-07 22:58

      South African spring coming?......

  • ian.despy - 2012-12-07 22:39

    MAN F...CK THE ANC, is it we cannot have a discussion without them..........when they have a discussion no one else is considered........WTF.........ANC = APARTHIED all over again............wishfull thinking that it was put behind us....THINK AGAIN PEOPLE.

  • Judy Stewart - 2012-12-07 22:59

    censor this censor that!!! this censoring is becoming pathetic just like the state of the way in which the country is being run Have u ever heard of an Orphanage nt meeting the BEE code wot BS is that. we are back in apartheid, hw can grown ups deprieve those kids from food in their bellies n this time of the year. wot a bunch of ignorant idiots running this country. They are making SA look fools our future is being destroyed

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-07 23:02 Missing since 22h12........

      Desilusionada - 2012-12-07 23:17

      Up 23h16 The article is ex Times Live.......

  • themba.maseko.568 - 2012-12-07 23:05

    African way? Is this Europe? Who ever tells other continents how to conduct their political affairs? If SABC feels that ANC should have been invited, what is wrong with that? Why do we think journalists have more rights than the ANC, or any other political party for that matter. Why ANC can't have a word? Are we fearing something? Debate!Debate! Debate! Is this not good for our country? Is this not good for our democracy?

      dericslab - 2012-12-07 23:10

      Your dumb-ass ANC is too scared for a debate.

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-12-08 04:28

      @themba.maseko.568, yes Debate!Debate!Debate! is good for the country and our democracy, please tell Zipper Zuma that, coz he's scared of Debate.

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-12-08 05:22

      @temba. Democracy means you can talk to whom you want, when you want. Is this democracy when your discussion-partners are described? The meeting with the minister of police was cancelled because the name of the ANC was mentioned in place of 'government'. Do they want to, or not want to take part in discussions? THey are turning to the wind as it suits them, the morons.I could however not have expected anything intelligent from you as your support of the ANC reveals your level of intelligence.

  • mmakado - 2012-12-07 23:37

    "I oppose all censorship. In pursuit of truth, we must willingly suffer the ugliest of lies. No civilization, including Plato's, has ever been destroyed because its citizens learned too much. Authoritative personalities [especially politicians] fear the threat that comes not from idea, but from emotion. Those in power never want us to feel. Thought can be controlled and manipulated, but emotion is willful and unpredictable. If everyone is given a voice, even the irrationally radical or cruelly reactionary, humanity will sort through all possibilities and make the right choice." —Robert McKee; In his book "Story: Substance, structure, style, and the principles of screenwriting'.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-08 00:16

    The SABC under Jacob Zuma administration is under a lot of political pressure. The SABC is not a public broadcaster anymore but an ANC broadcaster.I watch e tv news .

      arthur.marks.754 - 2012-12-08 04:32

      @zolisa.dlokovu, what do you expect when cANCer is running the SABC?

  • thandeka.zwane.7739 - 2012-12-08 03:36

    It is for the very same reasons, prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi walked a walk of his life. Marched to the SABC offices (radio park) from Jo'burg CBD, recently. History proves Dr Buthelezi right, as things stand yet. I quote: Dr Ben Ngubane, ungasinyeli isihlahla| end quote.

  • alananthonygreen - 2012-12-08 06:27

    Sabc is now completely the propoganda platform for the cANCer. They are no longer to be trusted as a credible news source.

  • lynne.barker.7 - 2012-12-08 06:39

    a A very wo A very worrying state of affairs to say the least. The ANC rollarcoasts over eveybody and everything - just like Zim. Ruination for our beautiful country

  • firmsly.kabelo - 2012-12-08 07:19

    Why must I take my hard earned money and pay SABC TV licence?

  • Tello Moleko - 2012-12-09 11:26

    political appointment,ceo that get instructions and answers from the sabc owner(ANC),why SAs had to pay tv,what is in the tv is what they want

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-09 11:56

    The Press Club should show more than being a little worried. Spineless?.

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