SOS Welcomes Resolution of the FXI Blacklisting Complaint against the SABC

Published On November 12, 2012 | By SOS Coordinator | Media / Press Release, News

SOS WELCOMES RESOLUTION OF THE FXI BLACKLISTING COMPLAINT AGAINST THE SABC

The SOS Coalition welcomes the joint statement released by the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) and SABC yesterday. The statement follows the six-year long blacklisting case saga which ended with the FXI withdrawing its complaint against the SABC, and the broadcaster admitting its guilt for violating its Charter, its editorial policies and the broadcasting code, as well as committing to adhering to these codes and ensuring that no such violations will happen again.

For too long spectres of editorial interference have eroded South Africans’ trust in and reliance on the SABC as a broadcaster of choice, and this renewed commitment from the public broadcaster comes as an ideal opportunity to begin rebuilding that trust.

Delighted as the Coalition is that this matter is finally being laid to rest, SOS laments this missed opportunity for the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to assert its position as an institution that can be trusted with policing broadcasting violations and enforcing strict compliance with regulatory requirements. Indeed, it comes as a great disappointment that ICASA would, at the first instance, be reticent to hear a matter that fell directly under its purview and then find itself compelled to do so by an order of a Court, only to see the matter resolved outside of and despite itself.

The Coalition believes that transparency and accountability are central to an SABC that works, and for these to happen, not only must the SABC strive to demonstrate its commitment to these tenets in all aspects of its work but, where necessary, ICASA must act quickly, decisively and proactively to enforce compliance.

The SOS Coalition represents a number of trade unions including COSATU, COSATU affiliates CWU and CWUSA, FEDUSA, BEMAWU and MWASA; independent film and TV production sector organisations including the South African Screen Federation (SASFED); and a host of NGOs and CBOs including the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA), and the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA-SA); as well as a number of academics and freedom of expression activists.


For more information contact:

Carol Mohlala
Coordinator
(074) 690-1023

OR

Sekoetlane Jacob Phamodi
Campaign Organiser
(076) 084-8077

Statement Issued By:

Carol Mohlala
Coordinator
SOS: Support Public Broadcasting
(074) 690-1023

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Duduetsang is an avid digital media lover and lifelong scholar who is fascinated by the dynamic media space. Duduetsang had her formal training in television journalism at the University currently known as Rhodes, and has various experiences in broadcast media production and corporate communications. She completed her MBA in Media Management at Cardiff University. Her activist discontents include socio-economic and gender based inequality and sexual violence while her intellectual interests lie in media strategy, policy and development in the convergent, digital era, especially in the African context. She joined SOS as a Project Coordinator and recently took over as the National Coordinator.

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