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SABC 8 not backing down

They were fired after publicly opposing a policy which banned the broadcast of images of violent protests.

Journalists and people from the media industry gathered outside the SABC in Auckland Park, dressed in black, in support of the national broadcaster's journalists who were suspended for raising concerns about policy changes. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The eight South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) journalists, who were fired and later reinstated for their opposition to the broadcaster's editorial policy, say they will continue with their Constitutional Court application.

The group was fired after publicly opposing the policy which banned the broadcast of images of violent and destructive protests.

That ban was overturned by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa).

The so called SABC eight's lawyers Norton Rose Fulbright says the recent application is to oppose "unlawful conduct" at the public broadcaster.

Legal representative Aslam Moosajee says the senior journalists are of the view that the unlawful conduct at the SABC continues.

"Our clients remain concerned that issues they raised prior to their suspensions are unresolved."

He says in supplementary affidavits, the group claims the SABC and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi continue to defend the protest policy, even though Icasa found it unlawful.

"Because censorship at the SABC continues."

The eight want the Constitutional Court to declare that the National Assembly and its portfolio committee on communications breached their constitutional obligations.

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