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'You've got two choices: the door or the window' - SABC management on decision to ban protest coverage

02 June 2019 - 00:00 By Foeta Krige

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"...

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