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SABC fires seven out of eight suspended journos

19 July 2016 3:08 PM

Media Monitoring Africa says the SABC must withdraw the controversial broadcast ban which the #SABC8 journalists had challenged.

The SABC has now dismissed seven of the eight journalists who were recently suspended for speaking out against the controversial editorial policies.

Among the axed group - dubbed the SABC 8 - is senior journalist Lukhanyo Calata, the son of one of the four Cradock civic leaders abducted and killed by security police in the 1980s.

Below is a copy of his dismissal letter:

At the same time, lobby group Media Monitoring Africa has urged the SABC to implement Icasa's recent ruling while the broadcaster's management find the legal grounds on which to review the matter.

Communications regulator Icasa has also warned the SABC to comply with its instruction to withdraw the broadcast ban on violent protest visuals.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng refuses to do lift the editorial order, and said that he is willing to take the matter to court.

Media Monitoring Africa's William Bird says the SABC could be held in contempt or face serious sanctions if it does not comply.

They need to implement the ruling. If they don't.. they could ultimately have their licence withdrawn.

William Bird, Executive Director of Media Monitoring Africa

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19 July 2016 3:08 PM

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