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MMA held a small briefing to give a sneak peak at our local government elections monitoring and to present the interim findings of our youth and newsroom research.

Matthews’ resignation letter ‘proof of SABC clampdown’

Acting SABC CEO Jimi Matthews’s resignation letter is proof that there is truth to reports of a clampdown at the national broadcaster and a “deliberate misinformation campaign”, Media Monitoring Africa said on Monday.

SABC ‘should be hitting the panic button’ over Jimi Matthews’ resignation

Jimi Matthews has been praised as “doing the right thing” following his resignation from the SABC today.

SABC’s Jimi Matthews quits, saying ‘what is happening is wrong’

In a letter addressed to SABC board chairman Mbulayeni Maghuve, Matthews wrote: “It is with great sadness that I tender my immediate resignation.

South African reporters attacked covering protests, broadcaster suspends journalists

The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by media reports that South Africa’s public broadcaster suspended three journalists for opposing an editorial decision not to cover a protest.

SABC is defying its own legal obligations, media groups’ advocate says

Media lobby groups have described the SABC’s response to their allegations of censorship as having no legal basis.

Suspension of SABC journalists shocks National Editors’ Forum

The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) on Friday said it was “shocked” by the suspension of three senior SABC journalists for disagreeing with a decision not to cover a protest targeting the broadcaster.

SABC’s Jimi Matthews quits, saying ‘what is happening is wrong’

Matthews was most recently in the news when he compiled an answering affidavit on behalf of the SABC in its defence against a complaint lodged at the Independent Communications Authority of SA over its decision not to show footage from violent protests.

MMA and SOS vindicated by Competition Appeal Tribunal in SABC-Multichoice merger case

We heartily welcome the judgement of the Competition Appeal Tribunal and its vindication of our public interest campaign for bringing to light the full and exact nature of the relationship between our national public broadcaster and its direct competitor, Multichoice Africa.

News of Jimi Matthews resignation welcomed by MMA, SOS and FXI

We welcome the news by Jimi Matthews that he has resigned.  As we explained to Mr Motsoeneng on Friday, it’s never too late to do the right thing. Sadly, in that context Mr Motsoeneng declined to do the right thing and we all watched on in horror and cringed as the SABC’s legal team put forward shallow unsubstantiated and at time nonsensical arguments, including admitting that the SABC COO doesn’t believe in scientific research.

MultiChoice deal an example of state capture: SACP

Johannesburg – The South African Communist Party has applauded the decision of the Competition Appeal Court on Friday on the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) – MultiChoice agreement, saying the SACP joins all South Africans committed to equality and affordable access to media.

SABC sticks to its guns about not broadcasting violent protests

The SABC had until Thursday evening to submit a formal response to the committee, ahead of a hearing on the matter scheduled to take place on Friday afternoon.

See No Evil: The SABC ignores the news happening on its own doorstep

The decision a few weeks ago to ban coverage of public protests has been in force for a few weeks now and already its impact is being felt.

ICASA to be handed petition against SABC’S protest footage ban

Advocacy group Amandla.Mobi has expressed its support for a campaign against the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) decision to ban footage of violent protests on its TV news channels.

SABC making sure South Africans do not know what is going on in SA

As the City of Tshwane has gone up in flames this week, the SABC’s news coverage of the protests has been found wanting.