South Africa: Setting a standard for Broadcasters' conduct

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The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) is inviting public feedback to its newly published Draft Code of Conduct for Broadcasters. The public has until 20 February to submit its comments.

Developed in terms of section 54(1) of the Electronic Communications Act (Act 36 of 2005), the purpose of the Draft regulations is to set a standard which all broadcasters will adhere to in relation to their audience on issues of violence, hate speech against specific groups, children’s programming, language, sexual conduct, audience advisories and news, amongst others.

According to section 54 all Broadcasting Service Licensees must adhere to the Code of Conduct for broadcasting service licensees as prescribed by the Authority. This will however not apply to a Broadcasting Service Licensee who is a member of a body which has proved to the satisfaction of the Authority that its members subscribe and adhere to a Code of Conduct enforced by that body by means of its own disciplinary mechanisms, provided such Code of Conduct and disciplinary mechanisms are acceptable to the Authority..

Feedback to the Draft Code can be submitted to Ms Leomile Pholosi on Tel: 011 566 3247 or e-mail: lpholosi@icasa.org.za or posted to: Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, Private bag X10002, Sandton 2164, or hand delivered to: ICASA, Block A, Pinmill Farm, 164 Katherine Street Sandton.

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