Sanef condemns SABC bias

2011-01-27 21:16

Cape Town - The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Thursday said it was appalled at the political manipulation of SABC news in favour of the ruling party as revealed in this week's high court judgment.

Sanef said it welcomed the South Gauteng High Court's "searing exposure of the dishonesty" of former SABC head of news Snuki Zikalala, former CEO Dali Mpofu and spokesperson Kaizer Kganyago as a vindication of a complaint brought against the broadcaster by the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI).

Judge CJ Claasen found that the SABC violated its licence conditions and the Broadcasting Act through Zikalala's manipulation of coverage and blacklisting of certain commentators.

He said the broadcaster was guilty of a "dishonest attempt" to cover up what it had done.

The matter was taken to court after the Complaints and Compliance Committee of the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) claimed that it had no jurisdiction to hear a complaint brought by the FXI.

Claasen said this was "flawed reasoning" and set aside the Icasa decision, taken in 2009.

Sanef urged the Icasa committee to carry out the court order "by delving even more deeply into the conduct of the violators of journalistic and broadcasting standards and ethics".

  • cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-27 22:07

    Screw them. I'll never pay my TV licence again.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-01-27 22:55

    The SABC is just an extension of Africa's National Circus.Clearly Zikalala was the leading clown driving the show.

  • cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-28 00:15

    By paying your TV license it means you are supporting the ANC. Which I don't, so I won't.

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-28 07:56

      So by the same token are you also going to stop obeying traffic lights etc?Regardless of one's personal opinion the law is the law and should be respected. The only way to comply is then to get rid of any tv reception device.

      cammaratagerardo - 2011-01-28 09:29

      How can you compare the two, Mikemcc? A better analogy would have been to ask me if I would stop at red lights if ANC members were allowed to ignore them. The SABC license is a grudge tax, and one I won't be paying again until the news and editorial content isn't restored to represent all political parties. By paying my TV license, I am now indirectly contributing to the ANC's publicity campaign, which I refuse to do.

      lldoidge - 2011-01-28 10:15

      And you are supporting the ANC by buying lottery tickets. The company that runs the lottery is partly owned by Chancelor House which is an ANC company. That is why I refuse to buy lotto tickets

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-28 14:07

      @cammaratagerardo, The fact remains that it is against the law to receive tv signals without a license regardless of who else is breaking the law. Nowhere is it mentioned that ANC member are exempt from paying their TV licenses so your analogy is flawed. Why do you believe that because it is a "grudge tax" in your opinion that you may disregard it? There are ways of challenging laws but blatantly flaunting them is not one of them.

      slritchie - 2011-01-28 14:47

      Good for you cammaratagerardo! Mikemcc your reasoning is flawed and illogical to say the least! I have never paid for a tv license and never will..... but to say that that i shouldn't have tv is just retarded, as i pay my dstv subs gladly to view content of my choice. Disband the sabc completely or make them accountable and responsible.

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-30 22:55

      @siritchie, How do you figure my logic is flawed? The point I set out to make is that no one law is more applicable than another, and that personal opinion makes no difference, clearly you missed this as well. You breaking the law by not paying your tv license simply because you believe that you are special enough to be exempt is far more retarded than my expectation that people should obey the law. If you don't agree with the law follow the correct channels to change it.

      Meanleader - 2011-03-24 09:40

      Mikemcc . The point Cammara... is trying to get through to you is that because the SABC has become a political propaganda tool , it therefore loses it's public broadcaster status , and therefore nullifies the law which applies to the public broadcaster . It is therefore logical that in light of the fact that the SABC is no longer fulfilling it's contractual obligations , and social responsibilities , it can no longer demand public funds . Now , as you know , all the blacks in charge are blatent criminals , so taking this matter to court will suffer cover-up by the politicians like everything else , so the only way to get justice is not to pay your ANC tv lisence . As you hinted , this would fall fowl of the law , but you know as well as the rest of civilised Africa that there is NO LAW IN SA !

  • zip reeper - 2011-01-28 07:55

    is it claasen or claassen? anyway, was his orginal pronouncements ever reported by our moribund news media?

      lldoidge - 2011-01-28 10:16

      Do pigs fly?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-01-28 08:07

    Had it of been any other company they would have lost their license. Just goes to show we are already quiet far down the road to communist. The state rule and people are only a commodity.

  • Paula - 2011-01-28 08:22

    No party or goverment should be involved or influence the media this is not Zimbabwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Mahasana - 2011-01-28 09:11

      Can anyone help me understand this.Was the SABC in favour of the ANC or individuals within the ANC?

      Worldwise - 2011-01-28 10:31

      @Mahasana. The SABC was doing what "His Masters Voice' (Thabo Mbeki) wanted done to make the ANC look good. This was implemented by his sycophant Snuki Zikalala who blacklisted certain commentators who would have made the ANC look bad by appearing on TV news and discussion programs. Same as they now want to shut the media up before they can be made to look bad. Snuki learnt well from the KGB when he was in the Soviet Union. Pity he didn't realise the Stalinist/Marxist style of thinking and governance went out after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990's. The mark of a true dinosaur like many in government (Nzimande etc.). Pity the government is too old to recognise political dinosaurs.

  • - 2011-01-28 09:29

    That is what happens when ruling party runs natioal TV will always be blamed as one sided. Should be independant but ANC do not want it will report to much corruption and make them look bad. I do not watch SABC news anymore due to bias reporting, sadley!

      Paula - 2011-01-28 16:20

      i dont watch SABC either and i will not be paying my T.V licence. it is sad that it comes to this :(

  • Qazas - 2011-01-28 10:10

    The ANC often says the Print Media should be more regulated like the Broadcasters. Yet, funny how we are reading about this and not hearing about it on the news. In addition, does this not highlight the dangers governments influence? I say this in the wake of a Information Protection Bill and a Media Tribunal.

  • XAD - 2011-01-28 10:38

    The sad thing is that the masses, who cast one vote each, have no clue of this and wouldn't understand the implication either, are watching only SABC channels.

  • Meanleader - 2011-03-24 09:26

    I have never paid TV lisence , and never will . Snoekie is a corrupt criminal .... should be in jail with his 40 mil corrupt friends

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