The SABC has postponed a court interdict that would have prevented a screening of the controversial documentary Unauthorised: Thabo Mbeki by the Mail & Guardian on Wednesday evening, writes Riaan Wolmarans onÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â M&G OnlineÃƒâ€šÃ‚Â
The screening, to more than 200 invited guests at the M&G's Critical Thinking Forum, will go ahead as planned, and two representatives of the SABC will take part in a panel discussion following the screening.
Future screenings will be planned in partnership between the SABC, the producers, the M&G and the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust, which helped organise the current screenings.
Earlier in the day, the M&G and the trustees of the Harold Wolpe trust were named in an interdict application that would have been heard in court on Wednesday afternoon.
If successful, the interdict would have prevented the screening of the film and force the M&G to deliver to the SABC all copies of the documentary in its possession.
The Critical Thinking Forum is a series of debate sessions on controversial topics, hosted by the M&G.
"We welcome the outcome and believe that freedom of expression and our national spirit of debate is better served in this way rather than through court action," M&G editor Ferial Haffajee and the documentary's co-producers, Ben Cashdan and Redi Direko, said.
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