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SABC COO says TV cameras, reporters can incite violence at public protests

27 May 2016 12:22 PM

"As the SABC, we are not going to incite people to burn property", says COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

SABC's Chief Operations Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng says that broadcasters must be weary of inciting violence at public demonstrations.

This comes after the announcement that the SABC will no longer air content displaying violent service delivery protests.

According to Motsoeneng, violent protesters often feel spurred on when media reporters arrive on the scene.

He says that when demonstrators see cameras, they tend to vandalise property and set buildings alight.

"We can't incite people to do such things as burning schools."

Although they will not show footage at violent protests, Motsoeneng says they will feature coverage of the aftermath and effects on communities.

We are going to cover all the protest, but we are saying we are not going to show those [violent] visuals.

Hlaudi Motsoeneng, SABC COO

He has asked political parties to condemn vandalism and arson attacks, and challenged all broadcasters not to provide publicity to violent protesters.

Meanwhile, Media Monitoring Africa does not feel that the SABC's decisions is in the public interest.

Listen to the full conversation from The Midday Report with Stephen Grootes:

27 May 2016 12:22 PM

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