• Judgment Reserved on Porn Channels

    The Western Cape High Court has reserved judgment on whether the decision to licence three porn pay channels should be reviewed.

    The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA), Cause for Justice, and Doctors for Life argue on why the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) erred in licencing the channels.

    Digital Media (operating as Top TV and later StarSat) was granted three licences in April to broadcast Playboy TV, Desire TV, and Brazzers, subject to conditions.

    To read an article titled, “Judgment reserved on porn channels,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Partnership to Tackle Child Pornography

    The Film and Publication Board, along with Google, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other organisations, announced a partnership designed to create awareness of cyber safety and fight online child pornography.

    The national programme, which will begin this month, will promote the safer and more responsible use of the internet and online technologies.

    The programme kicked off at Jules High School in Johannesburg, a school which made headlines in 2010 because of a sex-video scandal involving three pupils.

    To read the article titled, “Strike at heart of porn,” click here.

    Times Live
  • ICASA Taken to Court Over Top TV Porn Channels

    The Justice Alliance of South Africa (JASA) has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court in a bid to stop Top TV from starting broadcasts of three pornographic channels on 1 December 2013.
    JASA says it believed the Independent Broadcasting Authority (ICASA) had erred in law in failing to find out that the constitutional rights of children should have trumped Top TV’s rights to freedom of expression.
    The Alliance also contended that fixing a watershed time of 20h00 ‘flew in the face of common sense’, bearing in mind that most children finished their homework at about 8pm and then watched television for an hour or two until bedtime.
    To read the article titled, “NGO in court bid to stop porn channels,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • Matla A Bana Projects

    Matla A Bana (MAB) aims to minimise the secondary abuse children suffer when they report crimes against them. This year MAB projects will help 20 000 children who report rape and crimes against them, through thier various projects. 

    Child Friendly Facilities

    Two new facilities will be opening in the Western Cape (Paarl and Wynberg South African Police Service offices). One facility will be opening at the GT Provincial Task team office. This unit was responsible for the investigation of an international child pornography ring and the arrest of six people in South Africa. MAB also provided support for this investigation. This brings a total 21 facilities implemented by MAB costing between R20 000 - R120 000 per facility.

    During the last year more than 1 500 comfort packs have been donated to child abuse victims. MAB GT hosted various training courses for Child Protection Detectives, including the investigation of serial rape cases. Chief Executive Officer of MAB, Monique Strydom, received the Lions Hero of the Year award and is also a finalist in the Johnny Walker Sunday Times Greatest South African Awards. 

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  • FPB Slam Child-Porn Perpetrators

    The Film and Publications Board (FPB) says that people who ought to be protectors are allegedly perpetrating crimes against children.

    FPD acting chief executive officer, Jonas Phoshoko, points out that, "Looking at the profile of those arrested, it affirms that these crimes attract even the most trusted within society."

    Phoshoko was reacting to the arrest of six men allegedly linked to an international child-pornography ring.

    To read the article titled, “Child porn accused should be protectors,” says FPB,” click here.

    Times Live
  • NGOs Call for a Boycott of Top TV

    Two anti-pornography organisations; Women And Men Against Child Abuse and the Family Policy Institute, have called for a boycott of Top TV, which has been granted licences by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, to broadcast pornography.
    The organisations argue that pornography leads to the abuse of women and damages children.
    Women And Men Against Child Abuse spokesperson, Luke Lamprecht, believes that pornography could be an important factor in shaping a male-dominant view of sexuality, to initiate victims and break down their resistance to unwanted sexual activity, contribute to a user’s difficulty in separating sexual fantasy and reality, and provide a training manual for abusers.
    To read the article titled, “Calls for TopTV boycott continue,” click here.

    Cape Argus
  • NGO Slams Top TV’s Porn Channels

    The Family Policy Institute says that Top TV’s airing of pornography channels will only heighten sexual abuse against women and children and further degrade society.

    The Family Policy Institute director, Errol Naidoo, points out that, “To launch this in a nation already reeling under the weight of sexual abuse against women and children is nothing short of criminal.”

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) granted TopTV the right to air three porn channels, adding that Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice will air within a watershed period from 20h00 to 5h00.

    To read the article titled, “Channels for TV porn ‘degrading’,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • CSOs, Churches, Unite Against TopTV

    Civil society groups and churches are once again uniting behind a boycott of TopTV as it seeks permission from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to broadcast three porn channels.

    The Family Policy Institute, in partnership with several major Christian denominations in South Africa, has launched a nation-wide boycott of TopTV, its advertisers, and sponsors.

    The Institute’s director, Errol Naidoo, states that, "The Christian church is deeply concerned that the introduction of three pornographic channels in South Africa will exacerbate the current crisis of rape and violence against vulnerable women and children."

    To read the article titled, “Fresh calls made to shun TopTV over its porn request,” click here.

    Mail & Guardian
  • ICASA to Rule on TopTV Porn Channels

    The South Gauteng High Court has ruled that TopTV may not broadcast pornography channels without the permission of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA).

    ICASA brought an interdict application before Judge Ndawuyake Tshabalala last week, hoping to delay the independent broadcaster's launch.

    The dispute relates to ICASA’s subscription broadcasting services regulations, specifically paragraphs 3.5 and 3.6, which stipulate that ICASA must authorise or refuse applications for additional channels to be added to an existing bouquet within 60 days.

    To read the article titled, “Court leaves ICASA to rule on TopTV’s porn channels,” click here.

    Mail & Guardian
  • ICASA Takes TopTV to Court

    The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has filed for an urgent court interdict to stop pay TV operator, TopTV, from pushing through its porn plans until ICASA has held a public hearing.

    ICASA, in charge of regulating South Africa's broadcasting industry including pay TV operators, threatened that it will take TopTV to court to prevent the pay TV operator from unilaterally starting a new stand-alone pornographic package for which it has no approval certificate.

    Meanwhile, the channel has made an ‘application for authorisation’ to ICASA to broadcast hardcore pornography as a new separate porn package, and the pay TV operator says according to how it is interpreting the regulations, TopTV has a right to broadcast the new channels.

    To read the article titled, “ICASA to take TopTV to court,” click here.

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