Call for SABC to Explain ‘Banning’ Incident

The latest ‘banning’ incident at the SABC makes a mockery of freedom of expression, say experts

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.

Meanwhile, William Bird, executive director of Media Monitoring Africa, describes the incident as ‘bizarre’ and says that regardless of whether the incident was the result of political interference, fear, or self-censorship, the broadcaster need to explain itself.

To read the article titled, “Talk show gag: SABC has some explaining to do,” click here.

Source: 
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