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.Source:Cape Argus
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.Source:The Citizen
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.Source:Mail & Guardian
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.Source:Mail & Guardian
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.Source:Channel24
- A Zimbabwean gay rights activist, Ignatius Mhambi, was found not guilty of pornography charges after a police raid in May on his group's offices.
Mhambi’s lawyer, Jeremiah Bamu, points out that, "The prosecution failed to establish a case against him at the close of their submissions on Friday and the magistrate acquitted him."
Mhambi, an accountant for Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe, was arrested together with office administrator, Ellen Chademana, during the raid.
The trial came as President Robert Mugabe has renewed his fiery tirades against including gay rights in Zimbabwe's new constitution, last week calling same-sex marriages ‘dog behaviour’.
To read the article titled, Gay rights activist cleared of porn charges,” click here.Source:Independent Online
- The United Nations (UN) has warned that some 750 000 sexual predators are constantly prowling the Internet to gain contact with children.
Najat Maala, UN special rapporteur on the child prostitution and child pornography issue, points out that, “The number of sites devoted to child pornography worldwide is growing."
Maala, who also estimates that there are more than four million websites featuring minors, including those of children aged under two years, says that more than 200 new images are also circulated daily. She further states that images of sexually exploited children are not only growing in number but are also increasingly shocking, adding that between 10 000 and 100 000 minors are victims of the child pornography network.
To read the article titled, “750 000 paedophiles prowl web,” click here.
Source:<br /> News24