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MMA welcomes the interim interdict…with a measure of concern

MMA welcomes the interim interdict, with a measure of concern.  On the face of it this is an important victory for media freedom and the case of the SABC 8.  It is a great pity however that it has taken so much time and resources to reach a conclusion that was self evident from the word go.

MMA responds to SABC 8 dismissal

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) condemns the latest illegal response by SABC management to summarily dismiss the 8 SABC journalists. The decision flies in the face of due process and the ruling by ICASA. To be clear they have been fired for showing legitimate dissent with a clearly offensive policy to ban coverage of protests. Then they exercised their rights to due process through appropriate legal avenues. For this they have been accused of their actions being “intolerable to management.”

ICASA Responds to the SABC, SABC acknowledges order

ICASA has responded to the SABC reiterating the resolution taken on the 11 July 2016. SABC further responds on 19th July 2016.

EFF no threat to ANC in Cape – analyst

The ANC in the Western Cape doesn’t have to fear the EFF dislodging it from its traditional support areas, despite the ruling party’s internal wranglings and divisions. 

MMA and SOS welcome the application for direct access to the Constitutional Court by the SABC 8

MMA and SOS welcome the application for direct access to the Constitutional Court by the “SABC 8” MMA & SOS together with a range of other institutions including the FXI and Sanef have been cited as respondents and we will be submitting our papers accordingly.

Sowetan compromises rights of abducted children

Sowetan violates its own editorial policy by identifying children in an article and compromising their safety when they needed the most protection.

The New Age highlights children’s issue & promotes their views

The New Age receives a GLAD for accessing a child and bringing a children’s issue to the attention of relevant stakeholders


UPDATE: Despite ICASA ruling in our favour, we are now concerned that the SABC is refusing to comply with the ruling. See additional documents in post.

A summary of Icasa’s SABC ruling

Here is a closer look at Icasa’s findings, compiled from public hearings held on June 24, regarding the allegations of “censorship” at the SABC following the broadcaster’s decision not to air certain visuals.

Damage to SABC will take a long time to undo

There is a outside chance the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s will lose all its licenses for failing to comply with the Independent Communication Authority of SA’s ruling, said director of Media Monitoring Africa William Bird.

From stumped to trumped, in one day

As we watched we realised that perhaps the only real difference between Donald Trump and the SABC COO is the absence of bad hair

Icasa rules against SABC but activists warn not to bet on its compliance

Sekoetlane Phamodi, the national co-ordinator at SOS Support Public Broadcasting Coalition, said the organisations felt vindicated, but it was unfortunate that the matter had to come to a tribunal to get the SABC to do the right thing.

SABC ordered to back down on violent protest ban

SABC chairperson Prof Mbulaheni Maguvhe has seven days to confirm in writing that the public broadcaster has complied,

Icasa warns that SABC’s licence could be revoked

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) could‚ in an “extreme” case‚ have its licence revoked.

SABC ban on protest coverage illegal‚ Icasa finds

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has ruled that the SABC has to rescind its ban on showing protest footage and communicate that it has done so within the next seven days.