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Tiso Black Media seeks to meet ZCC over boycotting decision

Tuesday 19 September 2017 19:15

SABC TV Desk

 The call followed a Sunday World article alleging that ZCC leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane could be arrested.

The call followed a Sunday World article alleging that ZCC leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane could be arrested.(SABC)

Tiso Blackstar Media has called for an urgent meeting with the Zion Christian Church leadership in Polokwane, Limpopo. This is an effort to find out what led to the church's decision to encourage its members to boycott the media group's newspapers.

The call followed a Sunday World article alleging that ZCC leader Bishop Barnabas Lekganyane could be arrested for contempt of court.

The front page story sparked a furore, prompting the church to call on its 16 million members to boycott the Tiso Blackstar Group's newspapers, including Sunday World.

However, Sanef has condemned this decision.

"We’re not convinced in this particular case that this is the right move. We don't think the church has exhausted all the possible avenues. There are a lot of good institutions and ways to mitigate and go through disputes," said Sanef’s Chairperson Sam Mkokeli.

The Blackstar Group has now called for an urgent meeting with the church's leadership.

"We would like to engage the church directly. First, just to find out what are their concerns regarding the coverage and also the attitude towards our titles of the church. They also have the right to be heard. So, we are not saying that we are allowing the church to interfere with our editorial independence," said Moshoeshoe Monare of Blackstar Group.

The media group hopes it could win back the hearts of these congregants.

Several efforts to reach the church for comment were unsuccessful.

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