SABC 8 press on with ConCourt bat­tle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opinion/worldwide -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — The eight SABC jour­nal­ists fired and later re­in­stated for their op­po­si­tion to the broad­caster’s pol­icy to cen­sor cov­er­age of protests, will con­tinue with their Con­sti­tu­tional Court ap­pli­ca­tion.

Their lawyers, Nor­ton Rose Ful­bright, said in a state­ment on Mon­day that the ap­pli­ca­tion was in­tended to op­pose “un­law­ful con­duct” at the pub­lic broad­caster.

“While seven of the SABC 8 have been re­in­stated and while the SABC has pur­ported to ac­cept that the protest pol­icy is un­law­ful, the SABC 8 are of the view that the un­law­ful con­duct at the SABC con­tin­ues.”

In sup­ple­men­tary af­fi­davits, they said the SABC and the Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi con­tin­ued to de­fend the protest pol­icy.

“The cul­ture of cen­sor­ship at the SABC con­tin­ues, the cul­ture of fear in the news­room per­sists,” they said.

They of­fered to make a pre­sen­ta­tion about is­sues at the SABC to Par­lia­ment’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions port­fo­lio com­mit­tee. The com­mit­tee, how­ever, met with­out giv­ing them the chance to do so.

Ac­cord­ing to the at­tor­neys, the com­mit­tee re­fused to con­duct a proper in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the SABC. The eight wanted the Con­sti­tu­tional Court to de­clare that the Na­tional Assem­bly and the com­mit­tee breached their con­sti­tu­tional obli­ga­tions.

They wanted the court to hand down an or­der in­struct­ing the Na­tional Assem­bly to in­sti­tute an in­quiry into the is­sues they had raised. — News24.

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