Regulation & policy

Motsoeneng should not be punished for old lies – SABC

The SABC cannot punish its chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng for a lie he told 19 years ago.

This is according to SABC board chairperson Ellen Tshabalala in court papers opposing a court bid by the DA contesting Motsoeneng’s permanent appointment as the COO of the public broadcaster.

In her opposing affidavit, Tshabalala denied that the SABC board and Communications Minister Faith Muthambi rewarded “malfeasance” when appointing Motsoeneng last month. “He has been appointed in the interests of the SABC to achieve its stability going forward,” she argued.

JASA argues against On Digital Media porn channels

On Digital Media (ODM) seems to have mislead the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) by giving the regulator impression that its three pornographic channels – Private Spice (which has since changed to Brazzers), Desire TV and Playboy TV – would show conventional/healthy sex between couples, the Western Cape High Court heard on Monday.

Darryl Cooke, for the Justice Alliance of SA (JASA) told the court that a perusal of the content screened by ODM’s adult channels clearly showed that this was not the case, with shows such as and on the air.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

- The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) has called for extensive consultations on Puntland’s draft media law to ensure the legislation is consistent with provisional constitution of Somalia and international standards of freedom of expression.

Swaziland: Facebook 'Bypasses Censored Media'

Young people in Swaziland are turning to social media sites such as Facebook because it allows them to enjoy 'the fundamental rights to freedom of expression' that is denied to them elsewhere in the kingdom, a research report has found.

They also bypass mainstream media such as television, radio and newspapers in favour of social media, the report jointly published by the Media Institute of Southern Africa and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) said.

Regulation & Policy - In brief

The Angolan minister of Social Communication, José Luis de Matos, defended in Beijing, China that the media should not be summed up as a simple communication tool, but rather as agents for promoting the development of any society. Full story here

South Africa: Icasa's Role and Independence Must Be Clarified

The Democratic Alliance calls on President Jacob Zuma to categorically state that the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa is a Chapter Nine institution charged with regulating the electronic communications sector and that its independence of government is guaranteed.

China holds a digital media forum and invites over 150 African participants

The 2nd Forum on cooperation between Chinese and African media was held in June 2014 in Beijing. The meeting, which follows that of August 2012, was held in a large hotel in the city in front of hundreds of participants.

The 2nd Forum on cooperation between African and Chinese media gathered in Beijing, over 150 African participants from forty countries. Among them, there were Ministers of Communication and leaders of audiovisual institutions.

Nigeria: NCC Arrests Five Over Copyright Piracy

The Nigerian Copyright Commission has arrested five people in Kogi State over piracy, warning people to desist from the act or face the law.

A Senior Copyright Officer in the commission, Mr Chukwuemeka Ngene, gave the warning when he led a team of the commission to Lokoja at the weekend.

He said the suspects were involved in hacking signals of satellite providers and that they will lead the commission to the source of the materials they use.

Regulation & Policy - In Brief

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and other international broadcasters have claimed television and radio broadcasts on the Arabsat satellites have been intentionally jammed by the Ethiopian authorities. Read the full story here:

Canal+ loses unfair competition case against BeIN Sports

French pay TV operator Canal+ has lost its legal case against Al Jazeera’s BeIN Sports for alleged unfair competition and has been ordered to pay legal costs.

The Nanterre commercial court threw out Canal+’s suit, filed in July last year. The pay TV operator had claimed €293 million in damages for unfair competition. Canal+ was ordered to pay legal costs of €100,000.

Source: Digital Tv Europe - 9 June 2014
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