26 July 2014

South Africa: EFF Condemns SABC's Withdrawal of Live Coverage of the First Year Anniversary

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Economic Freedom Fighters' leader Julius Malema wearing overalls, gumboots and hard hat at the State of the Nation at Parliament, Cape Town (file photo).

press release

The Economic Freedom Fighters condemns the SABC's withdrawal of live coverage at the 11th hour. The SABC had confirmed that it will cover the EFF Anniversary rally live on the 24 hour news channel, Channel 404, as well as on an SABC free channel.

The SABC seems only committed to the events of the ruling party. Its major programs only cater for the ruling party. EFF has not managed to enter most of the big shows of SABC television and radio stations with political interference of the editorial and producers' work.

The SABC is supposed to be a public broadcaster, and serve the interests of the entire citizenry equitably. As things stand, the SABC broadcasts for narrow political interests.

When the EFF was not in parliament, SABC used to say the allocation of time was based on being in parliament. However, the EFF is now in parliament, still SABC does not want to carry its events live which is a clear demonstration that this is influenced by narrow politics.

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