Icasa to rule on controversial SABC decision


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

JOHANNESBURG - Icasa is expected to rule on complaints submitted by various media lobby groups against the SABC&39;s decision to not air footage of people burning public institutions.

Lobby group Media Monitoring Africa, the SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition and the Freedom of Expression Institute lodged the complaint last month, saying the ban amounted to censure and that it was in conflict with the organisation&39;s duties as a public broadcaster.

They are calling on the independent regulator to force the SABC to reverse the decision.

On Tuesday, the ANC slammed the decision taken by SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says censorship is unconstitutional in a democratic state.

Three SABC journalists have since been suspended while three others were given notices of suspension pending discipline procedures.

Another journalist Lukhanyo Calata, was charged with contravening the SABC rules and regulations and is facing disciplinary procedures. 

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