DEBATE: SABC won't revisit 'self-censorship' decision: Motsoeneng

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Motsoeneng said the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) went on a public drive in August 2012, and viewers felt the television news broadcasts were too short.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has come under fire for its decision to ban television images of violent protests.

Maggs on Media hosted a debate with the SABC&39;s Chief Operating Officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Glenda Daniels, senior lecturer at Wits University&39;s media studies and media lawyer and partner at Webber Wentzel, Dario Milo.

Motsoeneng, maintained that the public broadcaster&39;s decision was not self-censorship.

"The visuals that we show people have implications on the youth," he said.

He said the mere presence of journalists at protests could incite the demontrators to behave badly. 

Free speech groups and opposition parties have condemned the SABC&39;s move.

* Watch parts 1 - 3 of the debate in the gallery above or listen to the podcast below.