Icasa to be handed petition against SABC's protest footage ban

An advocacy group has collected over 4,000 signatures from the public to challenge the SABC’s decision.

FILE: A protester swings around a burning tyre. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Advocacy group Amandla.Mobi has expressed its support for a campaign against the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) decision to ban footage of violent protests on its TV news channels.

The organisation has collected over 4,000 signatures from the public, to be handed over to the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa's (Icasa) complaints committee tomorrow.

This comes ahead of a hearing on Friday in which the SABC will be expected to explain its decision.

Three other civil organisations, including Media Monitoring Africa, lodged their complaints last month.

They say the censorship of violent protest images is a clear violation of the Broadcasting Act.

Amandla.Mobi's Koketso Moeti says, "The signatures will be handed over to the legal representatives tomorrow who are representing Media Monitoring Africa and the SOS Coalition, so that it's handed over to the complaints committee as well."