Regulation & Policy News - In Brief

Regulation & Policy

- Thierry Michel’s tragicomic film about the political assassination of human rights activist Floribert Chebeya has been banned in Congo. But after its release in Europe and the US where it won numerous prizes such as the Grand Award at the International Human Rights Film Festival in Paris, Luzolo Bambi (Minister of Justice and Human Rights) formally requested the Congolese National Censorship Commission to ban the film’s distribution and showing. Why? Because certain sequences are allegedly disrespectful to President Kabila. Full article here

- 24 May 2012, The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) has ordered e.tv to pay a reduced fine of R20,000 for airing footage of the violent death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. e.tv news and the eNews channel were sanctioned for showing the material without first warning viewers about the violence, prompting complaints to the regulator in October. The BCCSA received three complaints relating to e.tv's eNews subscription channel and its free-to-air channel for broadcasts on October 20, the day Gaddafi was killed, and on October 22 and 23. Following the BCCSA judgment in February ordering the channel to cough up R35000, the matter was taken to the appeals tribunal, where the reduced penalty was given. e.tv has to pay the reduced fine before the end of this month.

- The Parliament of Malawi has repealed an oppressive media law - Section 46 of the Penal Code - which gives the information minister power to ban any publication and circulation of materials he/she deems would be bad for the public. Parliament on Wednesday, 30 May 2012, scrapped off the piece of legislation without much ado as even parliamentarians of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika which wanted to consolidate the law by changing it, never put up any fight except for one member of parliament who still insisted that the law was necessary.