calls on advertising giants to boycott SABC

Clientèl Life, Black Label, FNB & Vodacom are among the companies the petition is appealing to.

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

CAPE TOWN - Community advocacy organisation has posted a petition on social media calling on advertisers to boycott the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

The public broadcaster has come under fire for banning the airing of violent protests and dismissing employees who have criticised the new policy.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) earlier this week ruled the SABC should scrap the decision.

Clientèl Life, Black Label, FNB and Vodacom are among the companies the petition is appealing to, to stop advertising with the SABC until censorship is brought to an end.

The petition states the situation at the public broadcaster is deteriorating rapidly, with journalists facing suspension and more and more evidence of censorship surfacing.

The petition has so far been liked more than a thousand times on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the SABC says it's still in the process of reviewing Icasa's ruling, adding it is prepared to challenge the order in the highest court of the land.