Media

ICASA Overturns Motsoeneng’s ‘censorship’

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has overturned the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s decision not to broadcast the burning of public institutions because it would incite protestors to run amok.

ICASA acting chairperson, Rubben Mohlaloga, points out that the Complaints and Compliance Committee has found the SABC has overstepped its authority and gave it seven days to reverse its decision.

NGO Condemns the Disabling of WhatsApp

Freedom of expression watchdog, MISA Zimbabwe, has condemned the apparent disabling of the WhatsApp platform in Zimbabwe which has been hit by ongoing ShutDown Zimbabwe protests in various parts of the country.

Expressing grave concern‚ MISA‚ a non-governmental organisation‚ said that WhatsApp had been down since Wednesday morning.

SA Votes Against Internet Freedoms

South Africa has joined China and Russia in voting against a United Nations (UN) resolution on the ‘promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet’.

On Friday, the UN held a vote on the resolution, which seeks to bring political commitment from member states to protect human rights online such as freedom of expression and privacy.

The resolution further seeks to ensure the release of those imprisoned for the ‘legitimate’ freedom of expression online.

Neotel Purchase Could be Good for Broadband Access

Subject to regulatory approvals‚ South African communications network operator Neotel could be bought for R6.55-billion.

A statement says, “Liquid Telecom is partnering with Royal Bafokeng Holdings (RBH)‚ a South African investment group‚ which has committed to take a 30 percent equity stake in Neotel.”

Through a single access point‚ businesses across Africa will be able to access 40 000 kilometres of cross-border‚ metro and access fibre networks and these currently span 12 countries from South Africa to Kenya‚ with further expansion planned.”

​Public Broadcaster Sinks Into Crisis

The decision by the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) chief operations officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng, to ban coverage of violent protests and the suspensions of three senior news employees has led to an increasing sense of mutiny from staff and management.

According to Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni, as three senior SABC employees fight for their jobs after they were suspended for protesting against what they saw as increasing censorship at the state broadcaster, a group of concerned SABC news staff sent a letter of grievances to the chief operating officer.

​Zinde Fought to Defend Integrity of SABC

The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) says that murdered journalist and former South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) board member, Hope Zinde fought for media freedom at the national broadcaster.

In a press statement, SANEF points out that, "As a board member [she was]… determined to ensure the corporation fulfilled its mission to the public."

​Vodacom’s Fibre Network Passes 25 000 Homes

Mobile network Vodacom has joined South Africa’s fibre broadband land rush as the company says its high-speed network now passes around 25 000 homes in the country.

Vodacom chief executive officer, Shameel Joosub, says the company’s annual financial results briefing that it has invested R500 million in its fibre to the home and business segment.

Joosub states that while Vodacom has rolled out fibre access to around 25 000 homes, the company further has another 190 estates in its pipeline.

​Call to Protect Independent Free Media

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has urged governments, politicians, businesses and citizens of the world must commit to nurturing and protecting an independent free media.
 
In a speech to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day, the UN chief pointed out that, “Without this fundamental right, people are less free and less empowered. With it, we can work together for a world of dignity and opportunity for all.”
 

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