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CASE NUMBER: 09/2020 – MEDIA MONITORING AFRICA – BALANCE

A complaint was lodged against the Broadcasters eNCA and etv for broadcasting an interview with a certain Mr David Icke, also known as a conspiracy theorist, whose view is that the Covid-19 pandemic is a hoax and that “there is no virus.”  At issue here is the limitation of freedom of expression. The Tribunal found [...]

By |2020-11-03T08:05:24+02:00Nov 3rd, 2020|E-TV, Uncategorized|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 09/2020 – MEDIA MONITORING AFRICA – BALANCE

CASE NUMBER 08/2020 – RUSTENBURG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY VS eNCA – BALANCE

Broadcast of corruption allegations against Mr. Mputle’s request of ‘facilitation fee’ payment before awarding a Rustenburg Local Municipality (RLM) tender to Mr. X, created the impression that RLM is corrupt. RLM refuted the allegations that there is a relationship between Mr Mputle and itself – RLM felt that the broadcast lacked balance as its side [...]

By |2020-11-03T08:03:15+02:00Oct 21st, 2020|E-TV|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER 08/2020 – RUSTENBURG LOCAL MUNICIPALITY VS eNCA – BALANCE

CASE NUMBER 03/2020 – THE NOVA PROPERTY GROUP VS SABC, RSG – COMMENT AND BALANCE

  A complaint was lodged by the Nova Property Group against the broadcaster of the programme RSG Geldsake. This is a programme in which business and financial issues are being discussed. The presenter mentioned, inter alia, that a reportable irregularity was referred to the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors by the company’s auditors. This obviously [...]

By |2020-08-11T13:10:37+02:00Aug 11th, 2020|SABC Radio|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER 03/2020 – THE NOVA PROPERTY GROUP VS SABC, RSG – COMMENT AND BALANCE

CASE NUMBER: 02/2020 – THE CHINESE ASSOCIATION, GAUTENG (“TCA”) VS SABC2 – HATE SPEECH AND DIGNITY

This is a complaint about a scene in the Afrikaans soapie “7 de Laan” where young people acted out a game known as rock-paper-scissors and where the words “Ching-Chong-Cha” were chanted.  We were informed by the complainant that these words were offensive to people of Chinese origin. The complaint was based on the hate speech [...]

By |2020-03-16T09:09:05+02:00Mar 16th, 2020|SABC 2|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 02/2020 – THE CHINESE ASSOCIATION, GAUTENG (“TCA”) VS SABC2 – HATE SPEECH AND DIGNITY

CASE NUMBER: 27/2019 – KING EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL VS SABC1 – DIGNITY AND BALANCE

A complaint was lodged with the BCCSA by King Edward High School against the SABC for a broadcast dated 2 July 2019 at 21:30 on SABC1. The broadcast was a programme called Cutting Edge. Cutting Edge is an investigative programme that depicts prevailing and current affairs in South Africa. The episode in contention was titled [...]

By |2019-12-11T20:59:51+02:00Dec 11th, 2019|SABC 1|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 27/2019 – KING EDWARD HIGH SCHOOL VS SABC1 – DIGNITY AND BALANCE

CASE NUMBER: 12/2019 – KESWA VS MULTICHOICE – NEWZROOM AFRIKA – BALANCE AND DIGNITY

A complaint was lodged with the Registrar of the BCCSA against the Respondent for its news broadcast of 10 May 2019 which contained inaccurate information regarding the process followed in the handing over of an RDP house to an elderly lady.  The story was not presented in the correct context as it was presented as [...]

By |2019-11-29T11:51:52+02:00Nov 29th, 2019|Multichoice|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 12/2019 – KESWA VS MULTICHOICE – NEWZROOM AFRIKA – BALANCE AND DIGNITY

CASE NUMBER: 15/2019 – CITY OF CAPE TOWN VS M-NET CARTE BLANCHE – BALANCE

After viewing the Respondent’s segment about the Sandvlei Community’s concern regarding the spillage of raw sewage into the Kuils River by the Zandvliet Water Treatment Works managed by the Complainant - including going through all the supplementary affidavits alleged to contain information which would bring balance to the broadcast had the Respondent utilised its content [...]

By |2019-10-14T09:04:22+02:00Oct 14th, 2019|M-Net|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 15/2019 – CITY OF CAPE TOWN VS M-NET CARTE BLANCHE – BALANCE

CASE NUMBER: 14/2019 – eNCA VS STRYDOM AND TAYLOR – COMMENT

The Appellant was granted leave to appeal against the finding of the Commissioner under adjudication number 20A/2019. The initial complaint was based on a news broadcast that was aired on the 17th of April 2019 at 19:30. The broadcast consisted of an interview between the Appellant and the Respondent where the Respondent was asked to [...]

By |2019-08-29T11:10:20+02:00Aug 29th, 2019|E-TV|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 14/2019 – eNCA VS STRYDOM AND TAYLOR – COMMENT

CASE NUMBER: 10/2019 – FIRSTRAND FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED VS SABC3 – RIGHT TO REPLY

A complaint was lodged with the registrar of the BCCSA against the Respondent for its broadcast of 10 March 2019. The broadcast pertained to allegations of racism against black people in the context of credit granting for low cost housing. The programme in question is a current affairs investigative programme designed to investigate and expose social [...]

By |2019-08-01T07:44:31+02:00Aug 1st, 2019|SABC 3|Comments Off on CASE NUMBER: 10/2019 – FIRSTRAND FINANCE COMPANY LIMITED VS SABC3 – RIGHT TO REPLY