The Mail & Guardian has asked SABC journalists to come forward and and reveal the state of play at the public broadcaster.
On the M&G website, the paper asks SABC employees to tell their stories (both good and bad) through the Afrileaks.org platform in order to ensure anonymity.
“Through extensive interviews and informal conversations this week, it became clear that many in the SABC won’t speak publicly for fear of repercussions,” writes Associate Editor Phillip De Wet. “Almost wholly absent from the public discussion about the SABC are the stories of upstanding journalists, who are determined to serve democracy by working in the organisation, and those who remain fiercely loyal to their employer.”
“It is those stories we wish to hear, as well as stories of managers interfering in editorial decisions and stories of good work done under difficult circumstances. Whistle-blowers are always welcome and proof of malfeasance is important, but so is everyday experience.”
According to the recently outgoing CEO, Jimi Matthews, a ‘corrosive atmosphere’ currently exists at the public broadcaster under its current COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
This assertion seems to have been backed up by the fact that several journalists who wrote a letter, in which they voiced their condemnation of the SABC’s revised editorial policy, were suspended.