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SABC mum on urgent meeting request from senior journalists

The meeting relates to frustrations over the self-censorship of the SABC & changes in editorial policy.

FILE: The SABC offices in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is yet to respond to an urgent meeting request from three senior journalists who have expressed their frustration with the self-censorship of the broadcaster and changes in editorial policy.

Yesterday, Eyewitness News reported on a letter to SABC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Hlaudi Motsoeneng, in which newly resigned acting group CEO Jimi Matthews is copied, describing the low morale of journalists in SABC newsrooms and how their integrity continuously gets called into question.

Busisiwe Ntuli, Jacques Steenkamp and Krivani Pillay penned their grievances, saying they want a long-lasting editorial guideline that won't contravene both existing editorial legislation and the Constitution.

Matthews expressed a similar sentiment in his resignation letter saying he could no longer compromise his values.

'GREAT SADNESS'

At the same time, another senior SABC journalist Lukhanyo Calata, has penned what he called his "great sadness" at his bosses' recent decisions, saying they are curbing media freedom.

The broadcaster has remained mum on the dominoes that fell yesterday.

LISTEN:_ Upheaval at the SABC._

At the same time, three other journalists who have been suspended for challenging the broadcaster's policy, which bans the airing of violent protests and the destruction of property, could be taking the matter to court later this week.