'You've got two choices: the door or the window' - SABC management on decision to ban protest coverage
On Friday May 27 2016, after the SABC's decision to ban coverage of violent protests, we set up a discussion for our Monday morning news actuality programme and invited Professor Franz Krüger, the head of the journalism department at the University of the Witwatersrand, and Tim du Plessis, a former editor at Media24 and member of the South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef), to participate. We also invited self-appointed editor-in-chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng to speak on behalf of the SABC. Initially his office did not respond to the invitation, but we did get a message later in which he promised to come to the Monitor studio at a later stage to, in his words, "face the music".
During the Monday discussion, Krüger and Du Plessis did not mince words. They both believed that management's decision was incompatible with not only best practices, but also the SABC's own editorial principles...