SABC 8 journalist will continue fight against censorship following resignation

2016-09-12 19:26

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Johannesburg - One of the SABC 8, journalist Jacques Steenkamp who announced his resignation on Monday, will continue to fight censorship at the public broadcaster, his wife Nadia told News24.

"He was unhappy and he made his mind up to resign and accepted a job in Auckland in New Zealand. Even after court nothing has really changed for him but he is still intent on fighting censorship at the SABC," Nadia told News24.

Steenkamp will be starting at his new job at the Sunday Star Times as a news director on November 21.

"He is not immigrating. Nothing stops him from coming back to South Africa. He loved the SABC until things started changing," she said.

Nadia said Steenkamp stated in his resignation letter that he was leaving because he was unhappy.

"When he saw the minister of communication [and] SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng's report to parliament that the SABC 8 acted unethically, he made up his mind he was leaving."

SABC under pressure

She said Steenkamp would continue fighting censorship at the public broadcaster with the SABC 8 at the Constitutional Court.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi spoke out against the SABC 8 when she appeared at the parliamentary communications committee in August, EWN reported.

She said certain sections of society were putting undue pressure on the public broadcaster to force changes to the already approved policy, "if allowed it would erode the editorial independence of the SABC".

The SABC was highly criticised when it fired eight of its journalists (Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay, Thandeka Gqubule, Busisiwe Ntuli and Lukhanyo Calata, Vuyo Mvoko and Steenkamp) when they spoke out against the broadcaster's policy to not show footage of violent protests.‎

Seven were later reinstated when the labour court set aside the dismissal.

Mvoko, who was employed as a freelancer, lost his case against the SABC.

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