Johannesburg - Employees at the SABC have been instructed not to broadcast any reports on calls for President Jacob Zuma to step down, the Right2Know (R2K) campaign and SOS Coalition claimed on Tuesday.
This was simply the latest case of politically-motivated interference in editorial independence at the public broadcaster, R2K spokesman Mark Weinberg said in a statement.
“It makes a mockery of the principle of freedom of expression in the media and amongst citizens generally,” he said.
SABC spokesman Kaizer Kganyago denied the claim.
“There was no such instruction. People just interpreted things their own way. [The journalists] were told not to punt one side of the story [but] to balance it.” he said.