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South African media condemned for 'censorship' as KZN protesters burn trucks

by Staff reporter
09 Jul 2021 at 20:39hrs | Views
Freedom of expression groups and opposition parties have condemned South African media's decision to stop reporting on protests that have erupted in KwaZulu Natal, claiming the move disregarded the right to dissent in the country.

Most commentators said the move signalled a return to apartheid times when the national broadcaster was a mouthpiece for the ruling party.

"Filtering the news will leave people on the ground less informed and oblivious to the failures of the state," one commentator said.

"Most of the time, protesting is the only tool people have to be heard. We have been raising our issues, but no one is listening. Being out on the street, this is when the media turns the spotlight on these communities," she added.

A former senior executive of the Congress for South African Trade Unions, said the move was an attempt to "bring censorship through the backdoor."

"They are saying it's for the good of the society, just like the apartheid government said it was, at the time," said the ex-COSATU executive.

"But this is not a Banana republic. They will not get away with it," he said.

Source - online
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