1. 🤥🤑The Editorial CODE (2020) affirms commitment to the principle of editorial independence as it relates to SABC content. It enjoins the employees of the public broadcasting service to:
    A. report, contextualise, and present news and current affairs honestly by striving to disclose all the essential facts, and by not suppressing relevant, available facts, or distorting through misrepresentation or improper emphasis;
    B. understand that if South Africa is to build an informed nation and a strong democracy, its citizens must have access to relevant, credible, and timely information of the best quality;
    C. commission, produce, broadcast and publish content in a variety of genres and formats, and ensure that the SABC’s core values are upheld in commissioning, acquisition and production of programmes;
    D. be mindful of the danger of furthering discrimination, and avoid promoting discrimination through the SABC’s content offerings on the grounds of gender, race, language, culture, political persuasion, class, sexual orientation, religious belief, marital status, or disability;
    E. not allow commercial, political or personal considerations and prejudices to influence editorial decisions. The SABC is expected to provide information and as part of this duty should evaluate, analyse and critically appraise government policies and programme;
    F. ⚠️⚠️consciously and vigilantly exercise editorial independence in executing decisions in all its content, taking into account that the SABC is not the mouthpiece of the government of the day or a state broadcaster, but covers the government and its programmes in the interest of the South African public⚠️;
    G. be free from obligation to any interest group and to prioritise its public interest obligation;
    H. respect individuals’ legitimate right to privacy, and avoid intrusion into private lives, grief and distress, unless it is justified by overriding considerations of public⚠️ interest;
    I. be circumspect and sensitive in broadcasting and publishing any form of brutality, violence and human catastrophes;
    J. always seek to achieve balance by presenting a diversity of views in all content that requires impartiality. While fairness may not always be achieved in a single programme or content offering, it should be done within reasonable time and be guided by news value and editorial merit in reaching editorial judgements. Fairness does not require editorial staff to be unquestioning, nor require the SABC to give every side of an issue the same amount of time;
    K. be enterprising in perceiving, pursuing and presenting issues that affect individuals and society, in the quest to fulfil the public’s right to know;
    L. ⚠️👉not accept gifts, favours, free travel, or other special treatment or privileges that could compromise the integrity of the public broadcasting service⚠️;
    M. disclose personal identity and that of the SABC before obtaining any information intended for programming. As a general obligation, all forms journalism should be conducted transparently🙈🙉🙊. Discreet and covert methods may be used only with due regard to their legality, considerations such as fairness and invasion of privacy, and whether the information being sought is so significant and in the public interest that it warrants public disclosure but cannot be obtained by other means;
    N. resolutely uphold the principle of journalistic freedom and treat protection of sources as an important part of this principle. In the event that protection of a source becomes a legal matter, court orders cannot be disobeyed however, the SABC shall provide legal service to argue for protection of the source;
    O. 🤔🤥correct any inaccuracies and misrepresentation in content timeously;
    P. provide opportunities for open dialogue 🚫with audiences across all SABC’s broadcasting and publishing platforms;
    Q. 🤥🤑tell stories from a South African perspective and deal with issues that are important to the public, including local, continental and global matters, and giving these proper context reflecting all complexities;
    R. support and preserve South African culture by providing content that is observably and uniquely South African, that encourages sharing


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