(Agence Ecofin) – In South Africa, the leaders of the SABC are not thinking of ending the censorship of public events, at least not before the legal battle ahead. The broadcaster has formally responded to the decision of the Independent Communications Authority (Independent Communications Authority of South Africa-Icasa).
The regulator had summoned the SABC to resume coverage of all public events held in South Africa. The broadcaster whose response was expected, gave its official position, this Friday, July 15, 2016: no way to run, justice will decide.
In the open crisis, the SABC is not the only one to have to go to court.. At least two complaints have been filed against the public broadcaster. The eight suspended directly seized the Constitutional Court. The other complaint was filed by the Helen Suzman Foundation, which was brought before the High Court.
In each of the last two court cases, the complainant challenged the editorial policy of the SABC, including the decision to ban coverage of any violent event.
The eight journalists were suspended for criticising the measure. As for the Helen Suzman Foundation, it ended up carrying out its threat. It accused the SABC for choosing to promote President Jacob Zuma and his party, the ANC, at the onset of the local elections. “As a public broadcaster, the SABC is required to properly cover the events of national and public importance, including political demonstrations,” says Helen Suzman Foundation.