Media industry awaits Icasa's ruling on SABC

Workers union Solidarity wants the immediate reinstatement of a number of suspended SABC journalists.

FILE: Right2Know campaigners join journalists at a protest against SABC censorship policies in front of the broadcaster's building in Sea Point, Cape Town, on 1 July 2016. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) is this week expected to rule on the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC)'s decision to ban visuals of violent protests, while workers union, Solidarity, is also filing an urgent court interdict with the Constitutional Court, to test the legality of the policy.

The union also wants the immediate lifting of suspensions against a number of SABC journalists.

WATCH: Suspended journalists turn to Constitutional Court.

Disciplinary hearings into the misconduct of the three were meant to begin today, but Solidarity's Johan Kruger says they want the journalists to be immediately reinstated until the ConCourt makes a ruling.

"In the run up to the elections, it's of the utmost importance that news is covered and is broadcast in a fair and transparent manner."

Another three journalists, who penned a letter to Hlaudi Motsoeneng describing the low morale in SABC newsrooms, have also had their hearings postponed but remain at work.

At the weekend, eight SABC reporters who are also facing disciplinary action were jointly given the Nat Nakasa Award for taking a stand against censorship.