SABC defends Malema coverage - report

2012-09-14 13:02

Johannesburg - The decision on how to cover events involving expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is based on news value and not popularity, SABC acting head of news Jimi Matthews said in a report on Friday.

"News coverage has to be based on news value, not on following the herd. I won't be stampeded into following the popular line," Matthews told the Mail & Guardian newspaper.

"There has to be a responsible attitude. It is not good enough to say that just because the guy is out there doing what he is doing, we have to hang onto his every word. We have to contextualise it and think about the consequences."

The SABC has come under fire after some staff members claimed that some coverage of Malema had been pulled.

Matthews defended the public broadcaster's coverage, and said they had led Tuesday evening's broadcast with Malema speaking to mineworkers at Gold Fields.

He said the SABC had not broadcast Malema's address to members of the SA National Defence Force - though a reporter was assigned to it - because of the low turn-out by soldiers. Only about 40 people had attended the address.

Matthews denied that his division was being given instructions on who to cover, and said decisions on what to cover were aimed at providing "nuanced" reporting.

"My challenge to my political team is: let's be more nuanced in our reporting. Here is a man [Malema] who is exploiting the desperation of poor people, with promises that he is not able to deliver," Matthews told the paper.

"This guy [Malema]... is supposedly unemployed, but he travels around. They must question and find [out] who is funding him."

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-09-14 13:10

    Just wish news 24 and other would also ignore thus thug!!

      tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-14 13:31

      @Chris what would you read, after all you are addicted to his stories. You will be so bored, imagine reading the news about Zuma getting married again, dont you think you will be bored?

  • Xulu.Thulany.Xaba - 2012-09-14 13:19

    \This guy [Malema]... is supposedly unemployed, but he travels around. They must question and find [out] who is funding him.\.... Damn Mr Matthews

      luke.dekoker - 2012-09-14 14:21

      SARS and the Hawks tried but was stopped by "his" anc party I guess

  • Khetha Hlophe - 2012-09-14 13:21

    I was tired long time to hear about him. I am done,why cover him. He is not news worthy.\r\nHe is lies compare his previous utterances to today's one.

  • neo.motsepe - 2012-09-14 13:26

    This very same tactics of silencing him [Malema] could well be, and I believe are a source of his strength. Is this how the government is taking action against him, through the SABC?

  • damian.largier - 2012-09-14 13:27

    Finally a reporter willing to speak the truth - publication has nothing to do with balance or freedom of speech. It has everything to do with what sells...

  • john.rees.1656 - 2012-09-14 13:28

    I don't think Fatboy Malema is getting involved for the benefit of the people, only to line line his pockets from other peoples distress.

  • lynette.venter.12 - 2012-09-14 13:29

    THANK YOU SABC - for doing what every other news room is scared to do - pulling Malema rantings out of the press. I would rather now watch SABC news knowing I wont see his fat face, rather than read News24 any more because its all I see every singled f((*&^(*&% day!!!??? Los die idioot ons wil regte nuus lees asb!

      lynette.venter.12 - 2012-09-14 13:51

      Me thinks fatbout is going around putting one "dislike" on every post that disses him.. make that you're full time job it'll keep ya busy a while

      Lethabo - 2012-09-14 14:21

      your right every stupid thing this fool does we have to hear about it agh am sick n tired

  • nevada.fivaz - 2012-09-14 13:29

    All media should block his "airtime" in the media.....

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-14 13:30

    lol - so this is the response we have been waiting for from the government - lame. Its fine we will watch E-News and lets see where the ratings will come from, Generations???????????

  • dmcmr.dhai - 2012-09-14 13:36

    Big ups sabc, let's hope others do the same, the less we hear about this fool the better...

  • lando.motaung - 2012-09-14 13:42

    There are many issues in our country that needs coverage than this JUJU thing....we r sick nd tired!

  • theresa.pickering.1 - 2012-09-14 13:42

    It is my opinion that NO airtime shoud be afforded to Malema as he thrives on the publicity and the fact that we react! The less we know of him the quicker he will fade into oblivion and hopefully never to be haerd fm again. If not somebody should arrest him for incitement and throw away the key.

  • thozamile.mani - 2012-09-14 13:48

    we will watch Etv-news

  • thozamile.mani - 2012-09-14 13:49

    we will watch etv than.

  • lekat1 - 2012-09-14 13:52

    Good question!! whose funding this Malema??? Investigation is needed here

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-09-14 13:54

    Shame on you Mr Matthews, we know that you have been censored by no 54 Souer Street. This is about Mangaung and we are witnessing the manifestation of souls being sold for mahhala, interference by Gwede Mantashe and his cronins

  • trevor.pietersen.3 - 2012-09-14 13:57 a ju ju buddy....THEY will print...EVERYTHING

  • howard.komati - 2012-09-14 14:02

    It dsnt matter who is funding him fact is some political figures are funded by those who have investments in our country.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-09-14 14:05

    rather watch it on cartoon network...cause he is a joke anyway

  • mzuvumile.g.mnqanqeni - 2012-09-14 14:09

    News modified are not news worthy ,what is wrong with SABC wanting deliberate to chose what need to hear are that gullible 4 God sake. \r\nHistory has way of repeating itself ,is rise of apartheid again.

  • tvmakaleng - 2012-09-14 14:11

    the guy is news worthy, read all newspaper headlines today , check who is trending mostly in SA, listen to the mood of parliament, ministers call press bcos of him, metro invites him(THOUGH U CANCELED) , John Robbie wants him for an hour , christian Ammanpour ignore presidential candidates, BBC ignores ministers during Olympic and listen to him come on Matthews REALLY

  • Johnson - 2012-09-14 14:11

    do people still watch SABC 1,2 or 3 ? with the cr..p they have on there

      lynette.venter.12 - 2012-09-14 14:29

      I will now - it beats the crap on every other channel that airs fatboy

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-09-14 18:11

      It has improved a lot Johnny-Boy. Better than DSTV Compact anyway.

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      luke.dekoker - 2012-09-14 14:29

      True words.

  • morris.khunou - 2012-09-14 14:15

    Malema's brain is divided into two parts... The left and the the left, nothing is right, and in the right nothing is left. Now we sit with a dilemma

      luke.dekoker - 2012-09-14 14:30

      Best one to date!

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-14 14:15

    Another INSTRUCTION from CancER headquarters?? I totally agree not to give the Botox-Factor and his brainless followers any coverage, but the SABC must take it one step further and apply the same sanction to the anc and its clowns.

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-09-14 14:15

    I guess Mr Matthews is trying to tell us that his journos know nothing about investigative journalism

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-14 14:26

    To SABC: you can't put a good man down, Goverment's action on Juju

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-14 14:38

    Is this Jimi Mathews related to Joe Mathews who is Min.Naledi Pandor's Father? He's is hypocritic considering:JZ did the same(crisscrossing the country

  • robert.mevo - 2012-09-14 14:44

    SABC must feed us wth de news as long deir 100% about it,without fear.

  • makhuvele.cecil - 2012-09-14 14:47

    It does'nt matter who is funding him.they are in fear! This guy(Malema) he's about to tell the public the secret on how government misuse our tax.

      Tokologo Benji Mohlatlole - 2012-09-15 08:03

      i side wth u

      Lebohohg - 2012-09-16 22:59

      Malema) who wants to know about the funding, u guyz u tent to 4get that ANC its big \r\ncompany in S.A malema he knows the dark secrets of our president

  • Mandla - 2012-09-14 14:58

    5 Analyst,6workers unionsleaders,defence minister,mineral minister,police ministerand comisner,SABCnews now we wait for Mk v they wll be the last ooh! I forgot the man himself ystday@majoritymanority??.gov. Then 16days left for us to spkout, hold on jujuboy they equals u.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-14 15:15

    Mmmmmmmmmh! Didn't he had job before? Does that he exhausted his bank account to be even too broke to travel? Ask yourselves with answers right in your mouths. He (Malema) is a citizen of this country with all benefits like you and me. Can be anywhere without anyone's approval! \r\n\r\nSies maan!

      Tokologo Benji Mohlatlole - 2012-09-15 08:00

      because he's a true teller

  • victor.silas.79 - 2012-09-14 15:25

    I am convinced that he has been funded to sabotage the ruling party which ridiculous I must say. I just hope broadcasting could stop following because he just out of line.

  • augustine.agbor - 2012-09-14 15:45

    Mathews is a disgrace for jounalism. Journalists are suppose to report the news in an unbiased manner, and not make judgements whether the bearer of news is unemployed bla bla bla.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2012-09-14 16:18

    Matthews,you are not any different from your pathetic SABC.You repeat useless programs,and you even repeat what u said yesterday.Go take a shower with zuma.

  • charmaine.paterson1 - 2012-09-14 18:44

    I agree, don't cover him, but why stop now, what has changed? It is only because he is out of favour with the ANC, what a bunch of hypocrites. Unfortunately for the SABC their monopoly on the news of this country no longer exists. With social media we are all informed, all the time.

      thabo.shezi.58 - 2012-09-14 19:29

      Coz now he is a rebel. OH pliz were's justice

  • stephen.king.900 - 2012-09-15 08:13

    So coverage of Juju will be limited because he is exploiting the poor for his own ends. Using that definition must then mean that there should be no coverage for the government because that is what they do best

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-09-15 09:30

    The SABC is a not a public broadcaster but a an ANC broadcaster. Their head office is at Luthuli house. shame on you. noba kunjani ukuba zezo journalists zisebenzela i sabc

  • freeman.segapu - 2012-09-15 12:37

    iam really disappointed in our media house managers for their incompitence in running our institution how the hell can our sabc which is sponsered by our hard earnedcash be dictated what to air by a certain organisation(politicians)

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  • jessica.main.501 - 2012-09-26 14:53

    all i can see juju loves the attention. he is lack of caring and loving from his parent .

  • carl.debeer.52 - 2012-12-05 08:59

    'responsible attitude' yet they remove political analysts minutes before they are meant to air because they were going to criticize the ANC...any state owned news broadcasted or printed it not worth the paper its printed on!

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