South Africa: National broadcaster backs down over fired journalists

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The SA National Editors' Forum (SANEF) on Thursday hailed the public broadcaster’s decision to allow its fired journalists to be reinstated following a legal battle and public outcry.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) on Wednesday confirmed that it had abandoned its plans to appeal the Labour Court ruling that the affected journalists be reinstated. Four of the seven journalists had won their case in the Labour Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"We are delighted that sanity has finally prevailed at the SABC. We hope that the journalists‚ when they resume their duties‚ will not be harassed and intimidated‚" said SANEF chairman Sam Mkhokheli.

In a further blow for the beleaguered broadcaster, the North Gauteng High Court last week granted an order interdicting it from implementing or enforcing its decision not to cover violent protests.

SABC Chief Operations Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng last month sparked an international outcry when he implemented the censorship.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) both complained while the SABC’s CEO Jimmi Mathews resigned after citing turmoil. The seven senior SABC journalists were fired for objecting to the decision.
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28 july 2016 13:49:37

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