'ANC would never support editorial decisions that threaten media freedom'

The ANC says the stance given today, condemning censorship at the SABC, is its final position.

FILE: YouTube screengrab of ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says its sorry if previous statements it issued on changes to the South African Broadcasting Corporation's (SABC) editorial policy created confusion about its stance.

In May, the broadcaster announced that it would no longer broadcast violent images at protests, a decision which the ANC had welcomed at the time.

Now the party says the stance its communicated today, condemning censorship at the SABC, is its final position on the matter.

The ANC's Jackson Mthembu says the ANC would never support any editorial decisions that threaten media freedom.

"Editorial decisions by the SABC, that in anyway limit these freedoms, can never be sanctioned by the ANC."

He has apologised on behalf of the party, if earlier statements caused confusion.

"If indeed there's been some crossing of lines in-between and amongst ourselves, well, let's apologise for that. But this is the ANC's statement."

The ANC says it's always fought for a free South African media with a public mandate, and won't allow the SABC to decay.

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