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SABC responds to Samnet

Samnet has accused the SABC of negatively depicting Muslims and propagating Islamophobia.

Samnet has accused the SABC of negatively depicting Muslims and propagating Islamophobia. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has hit back at the South African Muslim Network (Samnet) and other organisations saying they only criticise the public broadcaster for "cheap publicity ".

Samnet has accused the SABC of negatively depicting Muslims focusing on what it calls pro-Zionist coverage and propagating Islamophobia.

The Muslim advocacy group says the public broadcaster is overlooking important human rights violations.

The SABC group's head of communications Kaizer Kganyago says the accusations are unfair.

"It's an easy way to get publicity and to make themselves relevant. We get that all the time and we don't want to get involved in racial conflicts that use the SABC as a scapegoat."