SABC 'censorship' protest gains momentum

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Sanef, media NGOs and dozens of journalists gathered outside the public broadcaster's Auckland Park offices to protest recent editorial changes.

JOHANNESBURG - As demonstrators gathered outside, some SABC staff members were allegedly locked in the building at its headquarters in Johannesburg.

Sanef, media NGOs and dozens of journalists gathered outside the public broadcaster&39;s Auckland Park offices to protest recent editorial changes.

Three senior staff members were suspended last week for questioning a directive not to cover a protest.

Another group of three was this week served with a notice of suspension after raising concerns with the broadcaster’s COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng over the public broadcaster&39;s editorial policy.

Earlier this week, acting group CEO Jimi Matthews resigned, saying the corrosive atmosphere in the organisation had affected his judgment.