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.
It says if the public broadcaster fails to do so, it will take legal action.
Economics Editor Thandeka Gqubule, Executive Producer Foeta Krige and Senior Journalist Suna Venter disagreed with SABC boss Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s order not to cover violent protests.
They were suspended after a hearing.
“We’re hearing people that are fearful of actually going to work, doing the work, doing what they love to do, and are supposed to do," said Solidarity Deputy Chief Executive Johan Kruger.
"They feel that they have to report, but now they’re fearful of what will happen to their career."
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