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Sanef Notes Findings Of Primedia Inquiry Into Allegations Of Editorial Interference

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has noted the findings of an independent inquiry into allegations of censorship and editorial interference at Primedia.

The Inquiry chaired by Terry Motau SC found the talk show host, Karima Brown had breached the provisions of the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) Code.

Brown lodged her complaint against 702 station manager Thabisile Mbete, two days before her contract as host of the “Karima Brown Show” lapsed.

SANEF welcomes the fact that the Inquiry was instituted. We believe that editorial independence is sacrosanct. We believe that newsrooms must be insulated from outside interference including pressures from both political and commercial interests. All allegations of interference need to be comprehensively investigated and adjudicated on.

We welcome the fact that the Inquiry makes several suggestions regarding possible amendments and/or improvements to Primedia’s editorial policies and procedures. We hope that these recommendations are seriously considered.

For more information please contact:

Sam Mkokeli – SANEF Media Freedom Chairperson, 082 084 2051

Kate Skinner – SANEF Executive Director 082 926 6404

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