Dear Ms Sylvia Tladi
We write with genuine concern that the SABC has failed to give coverage to events in Kashmir in view of human rights violations and atrocities by the military forces of India.
As a public broadcaster and - particularly in view of our very own struggle for freedom and democracy - it is incumbent that the national broadcaster gives some perspective of the struggle millions are confronted with on a daily basis in Jammu and Kashmir.
Within “SABC EDITORIAL POLICIES” are the following:
“We seek balance by presenting relevant views on matters of importance, as far as possible.
This may not always be achieved in a single programme or news bulletin, but should be done within a reasonable time.”
Further, under ‘THE SABC'S APPROACH TO PROGRAMMING’ are: “Whereas we seek to tell the stories of South Africa in all their complexity, we also deal with African and global issues in our programmes. Our aim is to contextualise for South Africans their life as global citizens.”
Our country, our people and our government shine on being vocal on issues of injustice in the world and the SABC has a responsibility as a public broadcaster to cover the Kashmiri narrative.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk