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​SANEF Welcomes Court Decision on SABC Journos

The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has welcomed a Labour Court decision which effectively reinstates four South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists who were dismissed for challenging editorial policy.

SANEF says the court decision affirms media freedom and sends a strong message that censorship has no place in a democracy.

SANEF’s Sam Mkokeli says, “SANEF welcomes the decision of the Labour Court. It's a very important decision and it sends a very strong message that censorship has no place in a democracy.”

Is Service Delivery Protest a Meaningful Act of Expression or An Act that Can Just Be Switched Off?

After twenty two years of democracy and 20 years of the Constitution becoming effective; some parts of society in South Africa resort to the use of protests to get their voices heard. It is of concern that these protests are also joined by young people whom the future of this country requires them to be actively involved in equipping themselves with knowledge and skills to be able to engage and be active citizens in the running of the country. A question to be asked is – are these actions a desperate measure to polarise public opinion; are they effective in getting politicians to act?

Call to Stop Advertising on SABC

Criticism of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng's, censorship of news coverage and his running of the public broadcaster as ‘his own private spaza shop’ is getting louder.

Activists met to plan protests and called on advertisers to boycott the SABC to hit it ‘where it hurts’.

Right2Know Campaign says that Motsoeneng will lose in the court of public opinion, adding that South Africans should be shaming companies that choose to advertise on the SABC.

Activists Picket Against ‘Censorship’ at SABC

About 50 activists and journalists picketed outside the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) offices in Auckland Park offices in Johannesburg against perceived censorship by the public broadcaster.

The picket follows the sudden resignation of acting chief executive officer of SABC, Jimi Matthews, citing a ‘corrosive’ atmosphere at the broadcaster.

DA Criticises Equal Education Over Protest

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has described the march to the house of the Minister of Education in the Western Cape, Debbie Schäfer, by a group of Equal Education protestors as a dangerous move.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, took to Twitter to condemn the protest outside Schäfer’s house.

Former DA leader, Helen Zille, also went on Twitter to condemn the education movement, saying the movement only exacerbated education problems in the province.

SABC Must Justify Protest Ban - ICASA

The SABC has until 21 June to provide the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) with reasons it was correct to ban footage of violent protests from television screens.

ICASA’ complaints and compliance committee ruled that the matter is urgent, after lobby group Media Monitoring Africa complained to the statutory institution that the SABC’s decision was in conflict with the public broadcaster’s duties as outlined in the Broadcasting Act, and the Constitution.

NGO Demands Motsoeneng Steps Down

Right2Know (R2K) has handed over a memorandum to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) asking for the public broadcaster to end its self-censorship.

Micah Reddy‚ the media freedom organiser from R2K‚ says the SABC had gone from being a proud public broadcaster to a public relations machine for Luthuli House‚ the headquarters of the African National Congress.

MISA Criticises SA Over Press Freedom

The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) says South Africa is one of four countries listed as having concerning ‘media policy developments’.
 
In a statement released by the to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2016, MISA points out that, “While there has been a dramatic increase in the number of access to information laws on the continent – 19 to date – the right to access information on issues that affect people’s livelihoods remains beyond the grasp of the majority of African people.”
 

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