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The Independent Communications Authority has laid criminal charges against the SABC for failing to comply with its order on broadcast of footage of violent protests.

In a representation to parliament’s Ad Hoc committee that’s looking into the fitness of the SABC board to hold office, Icasa said the public broadcasted seemed to have renegade on its decision to withdraw its decision NOT to broadcast violent protests.

The regulator said the SABC was yet to provide proof of its withdrawal of the policy since an interdicted by the High Courrt in July.

In May of this year, the public broadcaster announced that it will NOT be airing footage of violent protests. the broadcast was met with retaliation by journalists and organisations like the Helen Suzman foundation accuing it of censorship.

On the 90:10 local music which has been attributed ti the drop in listenership in some of the public broadcasters stations, Icasa told the Ad Hoc committee that the decision for the SABC to play 90% local music was NOT approved by the regulator or the board.

Then COO of the SABC Hlaudi Motšoeneng told and executive committee meeting that the SABC will be playing local music.

Will the SABC risk loosing its licence and continue with its policy, or editorial decission as it has called to NOT broadcast violent protests? We would like to hear your thoughts on the matter

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