televisionThe paramount issue in this case is that of balanced reporting. On 23 August 2015, the Respondent, via its weekly programme “Carte Blanche”, which appears on the M-Net channel, broadcast a twelve-minute insert. The insert pertained to complaints about the way in which the Complainant, the iSimangaliso Wetland Authority, was managing the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, (“the Park”), a world heritage site situated in the north-eastern section of Kwa-Zulu Natal province.

The insert concentrated in the main on the prejudice which the Authority’s purported mismanagement had caused to residents in the area of Sodwana Bay, which is situated just outside of the Park.