Feedback

Media news

Subscribe to industry newsletters

Press offices

Enquire about a press office
Bizcommunity has over 400 industry contributors and we always welcome further contributions and contributors.
Advertise with us
Advertise & RatesMy Account
Company press officeList company
Recruitment packagesSubmit job ad
Download ratecard
Media news

SABC Freedom of expression complaint withdrawn

13 Nov 2012 07:51
A complaint by Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) against the SABC over the black-listing of commentators has been withdrawn.
"Parties were engaged in a settlement agreement and the FXI hereby withdraws its complaints," said advocate Nasreen Rajab-Budlender, acting for FXI.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

A public hearing by the Complaints Compliance Committee (CCC) of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) was to be heard on Monday (12 November).

The complaint was lodged in 2007 by the FXI after allegations surfaced of a 'blacklist' implemented by then group executive of news for the SABC, Snuki Zikalala.

The claims were that Zikalala instructed his staff not to use certain political commentators because of their political views on Thabo Mbeki's presidency.

These commentators held particular views on the African National Congress succession debate.

A commission of inquiry was then set up to investigate these allegations and found that Zikalala had given the instruction.

Based on the finding, the FXI then laid a complaint with Icasa.

It contended that the SABC violated the Broadcasting Act, the Icasa Act, the Constitution and its licence conditions by excluding commentators from commenting on the succession debate at the time.

The SABC made an application to Icasa to dismiss the complaint on the grounds that the CCC had no jurisdiction to investigate, hear and make findings on the complaint.

The CCC ruled in favour of the SABC.

The FXI then took the matter to the Johannesburg High Court, which set aside the ruling and found that Icasa did in fact have the authority to monitor the compliance of the SABC.

The matter was referred back to the CCC to investigate and come to a judgment on the matter.

Source: Sapa via I-Net Bridge


SOURCE

I-Net Bridge
For more than two decades, I-Net Bridge has been one of South Africa’s preferred electronic providers of innovative solutions, data of the highest calibre, reliable platforms and excellent supporting systems. Our products include workstations, web applications and data feeds packaged with in-depth news and powerful analytical tools empowering clients to make meaningful decisions.

We pride ourselves on our wide variety of in-house skills, encompassing multiple platforms and applications. These skills enable us to not only function as a first class facility, but also design, implement and support all our client needs at a level that confirms I-Net Bridge a leader in its field.
Go to: http://www.inet.co.za
    
 
LEGAL DISCLAIMER: This Message Board accepts no liability of legal consequences that arise from the Message Boards (e.g. defamation, slander, or other such crimes). All posted messages are the sole property of their respective authors. The maintainer does retain the right to remove any message posts for whatever reasons. People that post messages to this forum are not to libel/slander nor in any other way depict a company, entity, individual(s), or service in a false light; should they do so, the legal consequences are theirs alone. Bizcommunity.com will disclose authors' IP addresses to authorities if compelled to do so by a court of law.

News