sabcEWN reports that organisations lobbying against the SA Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have given the public broadcaster until Friday to respond to their request for the immediate reinstatement of a group of employees.  

The employees are facing disciplinary action for allegedly contravening the SABC’s disciplinary code and were suspended for questioning editorial decisions, including a ban of violent images during protests.  While there has been widespread condemnation of the SABC’s treatment of the workers, it says it has the right to take action against employees who contravene its code.  Meantime, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) is due on Thursday to rule on the SABC’s decision to ban the broadcasting of footage of the destruction of public property during protests.  Lobby groups lodged a complaint with Icasa, saying the SABC’s decision amounts to censorship.

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