CASE NO: 01/2015 – SHEPHARD AND SEVERAL OTHERS VS SABC – 5FM – PRIVACY

Complaints were received regarding offensive remarks made by a presenter with reference to a young woman who had escaped death in a murderous attack on her parents, siblings and herself.  The Tribunal held that, in spite of the fact that the complaints were understandable and the remarks were clearly unacceptable in the circumstances, they did [...]

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CASE NO: 12/2013 – STEYN VS SABC – RSG – NEWS

On 9 February RSG news broadcast the following item in Afrikaans which, translated, reads as follows:  “According to official statistics, more or less 65 000 sexual crimes were committed in South Africa last year. According to police estimates, only one out of thirty-six cases of rape are reported. Recent research has shown that more than [...]

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CASE NO: 16/2013 – ANDERS VS SABC – RSG AND EAST COAST RADIO – VIOLENCE

A complaint was received from a listener in regard to the broadcast of the sounds of the so-called Boston Bombings by East Coast Radio and Radio Sonder Grense (“RSG”). Reference was also made to the broadcast of details of the trauma experienced by victims, as well as witnesses’ comments in the immediate aftermath of the [...]

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CASE NO: 21/2013 – MOKGORO VS SABC – MOTSWEDING FM – IDENTITY OF RAPE VICTIM

In several broadcasts, the Respondent broadcaster disclosed the identity of a raped child. It appeared that the broadcasts were made with the intention of furthering a campaign against rape. Such broadcasts were, however, in conflict with the Broadcasting Code. Only an adult may grant permission that his or her identity be disclosed under such circumstances. [...]

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CASE NO: 22/2013 – LORGAT VS SABC – SAFM – RIGHT TO REPLY

Tribunal holding: that the “public importance” (public interest) requirement in clauses 12 and 13 of the Free-to-Air Broadcasting Code is, in the main, directed at debates on   South African issues; that a Complainant only has locus standi in regard to the right to reply in clause 13 of the Code where his complaint is [...]

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CASE NO: 26/2013 – MCDONALD VS SABC – 5FM – HATE SPEECH

Complaint about a 5 FM Rodger Goode Promo  which made offensive comments about sexual orientation was held not to be hateful in terms of clause 4(2)(c) of the Broadcasting Code. [2013] JOL 30846 (BCCSA) CLICK TO VIEW FULL JUDGMENT 

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CASE NO: 27/2013 – LEVY VS SABC – LOTUSFM – BALANCE

Drama that included argument presenting extremely one-sided views on questions concerning the relationship between Israel and Palestine, called for some form of corrective. This amounted to a contravention of clause 13 of the Code. Since the contravention amounted to a bona fide error, no sanction was imposed by the Commission. [2013] JOL 30792 (BCCSA) CLICK [...]

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