The South African Broadcasting Corporation says while it will not be airing
footage of violent protests, this will not impact on factual reporting by
the public broadcaster.
It presented its reasoning behind the
decision not to broadcast footage of violent protests where property is
In a statement to by COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng
last month, he said the reason is to prevent copycat behaviour.
The SABC also said
broadcasting footage of violent protests was affecting brand South Africa
internationally and discouraged
Africa together with three other civil organisations have
been presenting their cases against the SABC to Independent
Communications Authority of South Africa’s
representative Bantubonke Dakota says the SABC will show images of destruction
of property, but only after the incidents, to prevent different communities
copying what they see on TV.
He says while protesters vandalising property
will not be aired, the result of the protest will be broadcast.
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