SABC denies editorial policy shift

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File: The SABC says scathing statements against its editorial policy changes are misleading.

JOHANNESBURG - The SABC says scathing statements against its editorial policy changes are misleading.

It says its decision not to broadcast violent protests is an editorial stance, and not a shift in policy.

The ANC on Tuesday slammed the controversial decisions by SABC&39;s COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Party Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu says censorship is unconstitutional in a democratic state, and the ANC will never support any form of it.

“There is no ANC that instructed the SABC, we don’t instruct the SABC, the SABC doesn’t report to the ANC," he said.

"We do not agree with the actions they’ve taken in this regard. Though of course we would like to see non-violence in our protests.

"But not showing the violence does not mean the violence is not there. But it also shows disrespect to the people of South Africa.”