MMA decries ‘clear, overt’ political meddling at SABC

MMA decries ‘clear, overt’ political meddling at SABC

SABC group executive for news and current affairs Phathiswa Magopeni (L), retired executive director of the Press Council of SA, Joe Thloloe, middle, and SABC Board Chairperson Bongumusa Makhathini briefs media at SABC Radio Park in Johannesburg, 5 August 2019, on the release of the report by the Commission of Inquiry into Editorial Interference at the SABC, 5 August 2019. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Media Monitoring Africa director William Bird said were it not for its strained finances, ‘the SABC would today be the best place to be’.

The findings of the inquiry into political interference in the SABC’s editorial independence were a glimpse into the spectre of the broadcaster’s darkest days since apartheid, Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) says. The 65-page document compiled by Press Council retired director Joe Thloloe and lawyer Stephen Tawana found capricious use of authority and power to terrorise staff at the SABC, deflecting the corporation from its mandate and editorial policies. MMA executive director William Bird said the findings confirmed there was “clear and overt political interference at the SABC”. He said: “There was clearly interference and undue influence from the ministers, particularly...




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