'SABC stifled debate' says lawyer for axed journalists


JOHANNESBURG, 11 JULY 2016 - The SABC will challenge Icasa's ruling that its decision not to show visuals of violent protests was wrong. The public broadcaster insists the decision was in line with the Broadcasting Act.

JOHANNESBURG - A lawyer representing axed SABC journalists says the public broadcaster was intent on preventing any internal or external debate about the protest policy.

Steven Budlender of union Solidarity, which is representing four of the seven fired employees, wants their dismissals set aside.

WATCH: SABC vs Solidarity and four of the SABC8

The union wants all disciplinary proceedings halted, pending a court review of the SABC’s editorial changes.

Earlier this week, the public broadcaster did an about turn when it agreed to abide by an Icasa decision.

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The regulator had ordered SABC to lift the ban on airing violence visuals. 

Meanwhile, SABC lawyer Themba Skosana says the Labour Court should not be hearing the case.

He says the employees should approach the CCMA as it&39;s a matter between employer and employee.

The Labour Court battle between the SABC and the four journalists has been postponed.

Judgment expected next week.

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