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Broadcasting union mulls legal action to protect members

Bemawu has expressed concern about recent editorial decisions at the SABC.

Picture: SABC.

CAPE TOWN - The Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) says while its members are not considering going on strike at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the broadcasting union is considering legal action to protect employees' rights.

Bemawu has expressed concern about recent editorial decisions which, it says amount to censorship at the public broadcaster.

The union's spokesperson, Hannes Du Buisson, says, "The main issues are that our members are stopped, barred and prevented from reporting on the news of the day in a transparent, open and honest way."

Some staff members penned a letter to COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng requesting a meeting to discuss what they call "a heightened sense of fear and low staff morale" at various newsrooms.

The members complained about censorship and the suspension of three of their colleagues, who were reprimanded for disagreeing with a decision not to cover an anti-censorship protest.