SABC Blacklist Report

The SABC fought tooth-and-nail to keep this report out of the public eye. Just after midnight on Sunday the 15th October 2006, Johannesburg High Court Judge Zukiswa Tshiqi dismissed with costs the SABC's application to have the Mail & Guardian Online remove the "SABC Blacklist Report" from its website.

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"It is not the role of the SABC to represent the Government or to improperly shield the Government from criticism."

Zapiro's take on the SABC Blacklist Saga

Summary of SABC Blacklist Report
Karima Brown

"Dr Zikalala’s justifications for her partial exclusion do not withstand critical scrutiny."

Aubrey Matshiqi

"We find Dr Zikalala’s intervention on this issue to be in conflict with the editorial policy requiring provision of a “full spectrum of opinion”. It was a direct interference with the expression, not simply of a point of view, but one which has dominated political discourse in our country. Such intervention, whether or not it resulted in Mr. Matshiqi being taken off air, is simply not objectively defensible."

William Gumede

"We state unequivocally, however, that the judgment passed on Mr. Gumede by Dr Zikalala was unfair."

Paula Slier

"We find that a direct instruction was given by Dr Zikalala not to use Paula Slier (for news reporting at least) for improper reasons. It was in direct conflict with the SABC’s policies and Code."

Sipho Seepe

"We are also profoundly concerned that this attitude to Mr. Seepe should be conveyed because of his apparent disrespect of the Government and the President in particular. It is not the role of the SABC to represent the Government or to improperly shield the Government from criticism."

Moeletsi Mbeki, Elinor Sisulu and Trevor Ncube

"We find that there was an instruction given not to use Mr. Mbeki and Ms Sisulu for reasons which are not objectively defensible. We also find that Mr. Ncube was directly informed by Dr Zikalala that he could not be used for reasons which are not justifiable."