PEN Afrikaans: Help us protest the ongoing intimidation at the SABC

18 November 2016- The intimidation of SABC employees have reached new levels of violence. On 15 November 2016 Netwerk24 published a timeline of the continued threats against SABC personnel: messages by anonymous SMS’s, break-ins and damage to property. That follows on the Sunday Times report “SABC Eight living in fear after ‘kill’ threats”, published on 13 November.

These threats against our journalists do not only intimidate individuals, they send a clear message to anyone at the SABC that cowardly, faceless people will not tolerate anyone daring to oppose senior management.

These actions reportedly took place while the threatened suspension of Thulani Msimang has seemingly not been lifted.

PEN Afrikaans condemns these actions. We will call on our international chapters to condemn them as well.

We therefore call on the senior management of the SABC to publically denounce any form of intimidation against all journalists and employees of the SABC, to withdraw threats of suspension against any journalist working at the SABC and to co-operate with the police who are investigating the intimidation.

We also call on all South Africans to share this protest in camaraderie with the SABC employees who are under threat.

Our country’s newscasts will remain suspect until all journalists can work without any threats to their lives, their families and their jobs.