Away with Hlaudi
Hlaudi Motsoeneng recently announced that the television stations of the national broadcaster will immediately stop broadcasting footage of the destruction of property during protest marches. He furthermore announced that radio stations are forbidden from using specific editors and media people from outside the SABC as commentators regarding internal SABC affairs and from broadcasting negative coverage about Pres Jacob Zuma
AfriForum launched a national petition for the resignation of Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Chief Operating Officer of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
You can assist AfriForum in trying to remove Motsoeneng by participating in a national petition. As soon as you signs the petition, an email will automatically be sent to Motsoeneng, demanding his resignation.
Dear Mr Motsoeneng,
As a member of the South African public, I herewith demand your resignation from your position, based on the following five points:
- Citizens cannot make informed decisions without credible information. This is a violation of the public’s basic rights as contained in our Constitution.
- The Constitution guarantees that everyone’s right to freedom of expression will be protected, including freedom of the press and the freedom to receive information.
- The SABC has declined under your poor leadership and seven million South Africans who make use of the SABC news bulletins and radio broadcasts are now being misled by unilateral and manipulated reporting.
- The news should furthermore be presented in a fair, unbiased, balanced way and independent of government, commercial and other interests.
- The news should be fair to the public in that various perspectives should be aired in the public interest.
The recent decision to apply censorship in SABC news channels, is not in accordance with the above-mentioned five points and was not taken in the best interest of the community. In an effort to let the public’s constitutional rights prevail in South Africa, I herewith demand your resignation.