There is no censorship at the SABC, insists Muthambi

She says criticism of the broadcaster is linked to a decision to ban reading newspaper headlines on air.

Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has suggested that criticism of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) and its recent controversial decisions is the result of management banning the reading of newspaper headlines on air.

The minister was speaking at a breakfast function in Pretoria today which looked at the role community newspapers play in disseminating information.

Last month, the public broadcaster announced its decision to prohibit presenters from discussing newspaper headlines, saying it was akin to giving away free advertising.

Minister Muthambi says there is no censorship at the SABC - and she's hit out at commercial media houses.

"A typical example of the opponent media house to the SABC; you check their narrative throughout is something negative about what this government is doing. This is the propaganda that we are feeding our people."

She says criticism of the broadcaster is linked to a decision to ban reading newspaper headlines on air.

"Hence you see the attack now, it's not about anything - it's about this revolutionary decision they have taken to say 'no more print media.'"

Despite the minister's bold claims, she offered only a "no-comment" when asked to explain what she meant.







At the same time, Muthambi announced that government is considering funding a fully black-owned media company.

She also voiced her support for recent controversial editorial changes at the SABC.

The minister says government's media transformation policy is almost complete.

"As part of finalising this policy, we will also investigate the policy of pulling government media assets with the view to support the creation of a black-owned media house in the country."