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Muthambi defends SABC, hits out at rival media houses

The communications minister has described coverage by commercial media houses of government as propaganda.

Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has described the recent controversy surrounding censorship at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) as sensationalist hype, and the coverage by commercial media houses of government as propaganda.

The minister made the comments yesterday at a community newspaper breakfast in Pretoria.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) ruled two weeks ago that the SABC's decision not to broadcast certain visuals of destructive protests was unlawful.

Muthambi has defended the SABC's editorial changes, which have now been rescinded following a ruling by Icasa.

"There's been hype and sensation [around it]."

Muthambi says unlike the SABC, commercial media houses are misleading the public on government's good work.

"They are feeding our people to believe that there is nothing happening in the country. Look at it versus the SABC's mandate to inform, education and entertain."

She declined to answer any questions or provide clarity about her claims.