Against the backdrop of Cabinet’s decision announced last Friday, we call on government and broadcasters alike to set out their clear plan on promoting media and information access and diversity for all in the digital broadcasting environment without the creation of class-based information division or broadcast media monopolies.
The Call to Action calls on all African institutions, decision-makers, civil society and social justice organisations and publics to promote media freedom on the African continent as well as commit to actively playing their part in transforming and strengthening all State broadcasters into public broadcasters.
SOS joins Media Monitoring Africa’s call for the SABC Editor in Chief, GCEO Lulama Mokhobo to carry out an urgent investigation and to brief the public on its terms, progress and outcomes. SOS will be writing to the GCEO to this effect. Going forward, the Coalition calls on SABC news management to ensure it not only adheres to its editorial policies but further practices the highest standards of ethical professional journalism.
The SABC Editorial Policy Review submission deadline has been extended to 24 January 2014. There will also be a further opportunity for the public to make oral representations. Be part of the process.
SOS is alarmed to learn of the findings in the Public Protector’s preliminary report on the investigation her office undertook on the SABC. The investigation into the public broadcaster followed a series of complaints by SABC staff concerning a range of irregularities by senior and executive staff, members of the Board and former Minister of Communications, Dina Pule.