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Sanef dismayed by SABC's decision to appeal Icasa ruling

The SABC has rejected a recommendation by Icasa to lift a ban on the broadcast of violent protests.

A sign outside the offices of the South African Broadcasting Corporation in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Editor's forum expressed its shock over the SABC's refusal to immediately lift a ban on the broadcast of violent protests.

Yesterday Icasa recommended that the public broadcaster reverse its editorial policy on broadcasting visuals of violent protests.

SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has however refused to do so and said that he was willing to take the matter to the highest court in the land.

Sanef's Mathata Tsedu said: "We are shocked and dismayed by the reaction of the SABC in wanting to appeal that decision. We think that they should use this opportunity to get themselves out of a very bad spot that they have placed themselves in."

SANEF has also questioned the comparison made by Motsoeneng to publishing pictures and footage of dead bodies.

Tsedu said that the two were not the same.

"We were surprised by the analogy drawn by the chairperson of the SABC board. The policy that they themselves announced did no deal with any dead bodies at all. It dealt with damage to public property. The issues of dead bodies is covered by the broadcast complaints commission's own ethics and no one has been showing dead bodies anywhere here."

Icasa's ruling on the SABC's decision