Thursday, October 25, 2007

Blacklisting complaint to be heard

By Tina George
25 October 2007

The Complaints and Compliance Committee of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa will meet again for the hearing of a complaint issued to Icasa by the Freedom of Expression Institute today.

“It is a continuation of the hearing into our complaints about a comment of blacklisting of political commentators on SABC services, says Executive Director of FXI, Jane Duncan.

The commission of enquiries which was set up by the SABC into this particular matter found that the new Managing Director has excluded commentators on grounds that were not objectively defendable.

“The SABC board has deemed it fit to reject the commissioner of enquiries findings on the basis that the evidence that was presented was untested, as a result we have put in an application to ICASA to ask them to subpoena the record of the commissioner of enquiry, says Duncan.

Duncan added that they find themselves unable to defend properly given that the SABC has disowned their own report therefore they need to get into the content of what actually happened to defend themselves appropriately.

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