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The SABC's decision to sever ties with the South African National Editors' Forum was inevitable.
Sanef is a professional body whose primary purpose is to improve the quality of journalism and to lobby for media freedom.
The relationship between Sanef and the SABC has long been uneasy, to put it mildly, and the split is unsurprising.
Core to the problem is the fact that the SABC, under chief executive and editorin-chief Dali Mpofu, head of news Snuki Zikalala and board chairman Eddie Funde has betrayed its mandate as a public broadcaster.
It has become an unashamed propaganda machine for the government and the ruling ANC, a la Zimbabwe's state media.
This is what our "public broadcaster" calls "patriotic journalism" or the "developmental journalism" so beloved by our government.
Mpofu's insulting letter to Sanef makes for disturbing reading. As journalism professor Anton Harber says, it "uses the language of government and authority".
It is not the sort of language we expect from someone who believes in the virtues of press freedom and the necessity for a robust, independent media.
But then Mpofu and his cronies in the SABC's hierarchy are notorious for their contempt of the media indep- endence Sanef champions.