Icasa tells SABC to lift violent protest ban

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File: Solidarity has given the SABC until noon Thursday to reinstate three suspended senior journalists.

JOHANNESBURG – The Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) ruled on Monday that the SABC must withdraw its decision not to broadcast violent service delivery protests.

It has given the state broadcaster seven days to respond.

The SABC was taken to Icasa by Media Monitoring Africa, the Freedom of Expression Institute and other organisations after its chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng announced in May that it would no longer broadcast violent protests to promote "responsible journalism” – a decision widely slammed as censorship.