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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.

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.

​Public Broadcaster Sinks Into Crisis

The decision by the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to ban coverage of violent protests and the suspensions of three senior news employees has led to an increasing sense of mutiny from staff and management.

According to Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni, as three senior SABC employees fight for their jobs after they were suspended for protesting against what they saw as increasing censorship at the state broadcaster, a group of concerned SABC news staff sent a letter of grievances to the chief operating officer.

SABC’s News Strategy Concerns MMA

Rights group, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), says the call by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) acting chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, for 70 percent of SABC news stories to be positive, raises issues of editorial independence.

The organisation, which calls on the SABC interim board to act immediately and prevent any such proposed editorial interference, describes Motsoeneng’s suggestion as ‘deeply concerning’.

Parastatals Doomed to Fail - CSOs

Labour pundits and civil society groups say South African parastatals will buckle under the weight of political interference and unclear mandates.

Although telecommunications provider Telkom ended months of rudderless leadership with the announcement of Sipho Maseko as chief executive officer and Brian Armstrong as chief operating officer, several other key institutions are imploding.

Call for SABC to Explain ‘Banning’ Incident

Media experts say the latest ‘banning’ incident at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has made a mockery of freedom of expression, and the public broadcaster must explain.

The SABC was expected to explain on 5 December 2012, why it had prevented three journalists from participating in a discussion on how the media will cover the African National Congress' elective conference in Manguang.

SOS Dismayed by Repeated SABC Crises

Once again the SABC finds itself in the news for the wrong reasons and has, once again, remained conspicuously silent. Over the last two weeks alone, the SABC has been wracked with a series of crises both in its leadership as well as in its programming and editorial management. These are neither new, nor surprising any longer. They are simply yet another iteration in the SABC’s full repertoire of repeats.

Repeated Failure to Meet License Conditions

Inquiry into SABC Boardroom Squabbles

The Portfolio Committee on Communications says it will consider launching an inquiry into the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) boardroom squabbles.

This, after the committee heard allegations and recriminations from board members who have passed a vote of no confidence against board member Advocate Cawe Mahlati accusing her of a disruptive behaviour.

Meanwhile, Mahlati is of the view that the board's actions against her are meant to muzzle her efforts to uncover what she claims is widespread corruption and maladministration within the board.

Turnaround at SABC Still Needs Help

Communications Minister, Roy Padayachie, says he is not convinced that the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) turnaround strategy will solve its problems.

Padayachie points out that, "There is never a day when I wake up in the morning that there is not an SABC problem.”

He says that his department is determined to get the organisational structure and revenue streams right, while dealing with leadership issues and governance practice.

SABC Board Blamed for Crisis

Organisations close to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) are blaming the SABC Board, saying the crisis is the result of its failure to deal timeously with the latest problems.

Documentary suppliers to SABC, the Independent Producers Organisation, is questioning why Robin Nicholson’s contract as acting group CEO had been allowed to expire without the board submitting a replacement to the Cabinet.


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