media regulation

Oral Representations by the Civil Society Coalition

1. Introduction
1.1. In Notice 831 published in Government Gazette 31215 dated 4 July 2008 (‘the Notice”), the Portfolio Committee on Communications (“the Committee”) invited interested persons and institutions to make written representations on the Draft Broadcasting Act Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) by 25 July 2008.

1.2. We, the Civil Society Coalition: Save our SABC – Reclaiming Our Public Broadcaster (“the Coalition”) thank the Committee for the opportunity to make these oral representations.

Oral Representations by the Civil Society Coalition

1. Introduction
1.1. In Notice 831 published in Government Gazette 31215 dated 4 July 2008 (‘the Notice”), the Portfolio Committee on Communications (“the Committee”) invited interested persons and institutions to make written representations on the Draft Broadcasting Act Amendment Bill (“the Bill”) by 25 July 2008.

1.2. We, the Civil Society Coalition: Save our SABC – Reclaiming Our Public Broadcaster (“the Coalition”) thank the Committee for the opportunity to make these oral representations.

ICASA Allocates Free Election Slots to Political Parties

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has allocated free time slots for pre-election broadcasts to political parties.

ICASA councilor, Brenda Ntombela says, "The election broadcast period begins 120 hours after the allotment of the slots and will end 48 hours before polling commences."

T here will be four party election broadcasts slots each day, starting from 25 March to 19 April 2009.

SABC Denies Blacklisting Allegations

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has denied allegations of blacklisting between 2005 and 2006 at an Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) hearing.

The denial is contrary to the findings of the Sisulu Commission of Inquiry, which was appointed by the SABC to investigate claims that certain commentators were banned from SABC programmes by news head, Snuki Zikalala.

FXI Pushes for New Broadcasting Act

The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has renewed its efforts to have the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) articles of association amended in line with legislation and to remove government interference in the broadcaster.

The FXI believes that the articles are unlawful and unconstitutional and should be amended. The organisation says that unless this is done by the end of March 2009, it will seek a court order compelling the Minister oCommunications and the SABC to do so.

Reclaiming Our Public Broadcaster

From 28-29 January 2009, the SOS Coalition hosted a workshop entitled “SABC Position Paper Workshop”. NGOs, trade unions and policy-makers were invited to debate the key problems facing the SABC including its Charter, legal structure, funding model and so forth. At the end of the workshop a discussion paper was drafted to act as key civil society lobbying document for new legislation. Please click below to find the workshop programme and the latest draft of our civil society discussion document attached. Do send your comments!

MISA Welcomes Rejection of Film and Publication Bill

Press Release
 
30 January 2009

The South Africa Chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-SA Chapter) welcomes President Motlanthe’s decision to not sign the Film & Publications Amendment Bill, citing that sections of the Bill are unconstitutional. Although Parliament passed the contentious Amendment Bill and the President has returned the matter back to legislature for further discussions.

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