Sanef to join protests over SABC practices

2016-06-30 21:17
Former SABC employee Cobus Bester and senior SABC staff members protest the suspension of their three colleagues. (Pictures: Facebook)

Former SABC employee Cobus Bester and senior SABC staff members protest the suspension of their three colleagues. (Pictures: Facebook)

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Cape Town - The South African National Editors’ Forum will join Friday’s planned pickets outside the SABC’s offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Sanef urged all journalists and citizens who support media freedom to attend the protests in Auckland Park, Johannesburg and Sea Point, Cape Town, at 08:00.

“Recent editorial policy directives are a direct assault not only on the journalism profession but on media freedom as a whole,” the media body said in a statement on Thursday.

The protests were against censorship, Sanef said, and in support of staff who had taken a stand on these matters of basic journalistic principle.

Several of the public broadcaster’s journalists had been suspended for speaking out against COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s decision to no longer air footage of the destruction of property during protests.

Acting CEO Jimi Matthews resigned on Monday over what he termed a “corrosive atmosphere” at the organisation.

A message of the intended action was circulated by journalists and news editors on social media, email, and Whatsapp. It was not clear who the organiser was.

It reads: “So here’s the deal: on Friday journos from all over will gather outside SABC Auckland Park dressed in black with placards that read ‘#journalistrights’ from 8am. SABC staffers, with placards that read ‘#notinmyname’, will join them and they’ll proceed to Constitution Hill.

“This is not about us or our respective media houses, but a direct assault on our profession and press freedom.”

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