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Cabinet calls for 'constructive conversations' at SABC

Cabinet says the role of the SABC as a public broadcaster is vital for SA’s democracy.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Cabinet says conversations around the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s editorial decision not to broadcast images of violence and destruction should be discussed in a constructive manner.

The editorial change at the SABC has sparked protests, condemnation from political parties and formal complaints calling for its reversal.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is expected to rule on whether the blanket ban on violence by the broadcaster is in line with its requirements.

Cabinet says the role of the SABC as a public broadcaster is vital for the development of South Africa's democracy.

It says in order to strengthen the country's democracy, conversations around the SABC's latest controversial editorial changes should be discussed constructively.

The broadcaster says while it can't preempt what decision Icasa will make on its editorial decision, it has no anxiety as it made the changes as a form of responsible journalism.

But those who are opposed to the SABC's changes, including some of its own employees, say the ban on violent images is censorship.

Cabinet says its supports the right for all people in South Africa to access information and is confident the SABC will continue to serve the interests of South African citizens.