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08 July 2016
Cabinet in a statement says conversations around the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s editorial decision not to broadcast images of violence and destruction should be discussed in a constructive manner.
The editorial change at the SABC has sparked protests, condemnation from political parties and formal complaints calling for its reversal.
The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is expected to rule on whether the blanket ban on violence by the broadcaster is in line with its requirements.
Cabinet says the role of the SABC as a public broadcaster is vital for the development of South Africa’s democracy.
It says in order to strengthen the country’s democracy, conversations around the SABC’s latest controversial editorial changes should be discussed constructively.
The broadcaster says while it can’t pre empt what decision Icasa will make on its editorial decision, it has no anxiety as it made the changes as a form of responsible journalism.