Hlaudi Motsoeneng: SA media ‘censors’ good news

South African media are censoring good news stories about the country, says the chief operations officer of the SABC Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

Motsoeneng, on the sidelines of a SABC event in Johannesburg on Tuesday that awarded production contracts to local players, was responding to News24’s questions about allegations of censorship at the broadcaster.

Critics have lashed out at the public broadcaster’s decision this month not to broadcast footage of people destroying public property during protests.

Opposition parties, analysts and editors have slammed the SABC move by calling it censorship.

But Motsoeneng hit back at these criticisms on Tuesday.

“You know English is nice. What is the interpretation of censorship? How do you understand censorship?” Motsoeneng responded to News24.

“I can also twist that question to say that media generally – they don’t show good stories. For me it is censorship.

“I can say that because you are censoring what is good; you don’t show what is good, but you just show this bad element,” he added.

Motsoeneng went on further to say that local media fails to showcase “the many people who are doing well” in South Africa.

Media ‘incite’ public burnings
Explaining the SABC’s decision not to broadcast burning of public property, Motsoeneng told News24 that the media industry in South Africa should steer clear of inciting this activity.

“For me what is critical is that we as the SABC, or media generally, you can’t incite the public to burn property, because the property that people are burning it is not a ruling party property, it is community property,” Motsoeneng told News24.

“To be honest, media encourage people to commit this certain crime of burning and so on.

“Because you know yourself as a journalist that sometimes when people see you, they rush and burn because they realise media is among them,” Motsoeneng added.

However, Motsoeneng explained that SABC journalists will still go to scenes where property is being burned.

“People will always cover, our journalists will go and cover,” said Motsoeneng.

“Where we are saying we can’t encourage that is where people see the cameras of the SABC and journalists of the SABC (and) they go and burn property. We are saying we should not allow that to happen. That is what we are saying,” he said. –  News24

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever. But it comes at a cost. Advertisers are cancelling campaigns, and our live events have come to an abrupt halt. Our income has been slashed.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years. We’ve survived thanks to the support of our readers, we will need you to help us get through this.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Advertisting

Ndabeni-Abrahams lockdown debacle: What we know

The minister has to answer to the president after a picture was posted of her apparently breaking lockdown rules

Covid-19 grounds Nigeria’s medical tourists

The country’s elites, including the president, travelled abroad for treatment but now they must use the country’s neglected health system

Nehawu launches urgent court bid over protective gear for health...

The health workers’ union says the government has rebuffed its attempts to meet about mitigating risks to workers

Stay at home, Cyril said. But what about the homeless?

In Tshwane, forcing homeless people off the street resulted in chaos and the abuse of a vulnerable population. In Durban, a smooth, well-planned operation fared far better

Press Releases

Everyone’s talking about it. Even Kentucky

Earlier this year South African fried chicken fast-food chain, Chicken Licken®, launched a campaign for their wallet-friendly EasyBucks® meals, based on the idea of ‘Everyone’s talking about it.’

New energy mix on the cards

REI4P already has and will continue to yield thousands of employment opportunities

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world