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Growing concerns over misinformation and fake news

SA news consumers are increasingly concerned about misinformation and the spreading of fake news, a new report on digital media trends shows.


Sactwu case against Sekunjalo dismissed with costs

The case brought by the SA Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) against Sekunjalo and Independent Media has been dismissed by Western Cape High Court Judge Michelle O’Sullivan, says a report in The Star.


MultiChoice off the hook over ‘racially sensitive’ ad

The Advertising Regulatory Board said MultiChoice did nothing wrong in its advert promoting its streaming service, DStv Stream.


Court dismisses attempt to gag Mail & Guardian

The Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) has struck an application for a prior restraint of publication order against the Mail & Guardian off the urgent roll.


Husband ordered to pay maintenance pending divorce

A husband has been ordered by Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) Acting Judge Mohamed to pay his estranged wife R18 000 for spousal maintenance after she was allegedly forced to move out of their marital home and now lives in KZN with her boyfriend.


Takealot escapes ARB wrath over delivery claims

Takealot escaped the wrath of the advertising watchdog after it was found customers were not misled with the ‘next day delivery’ claim as various terms and conditions, like time of order, location, and stock availability, should be considered.


Ban on electronic equipment in Gumede case challenged

The media is challenging a court ban against the use of cellphones, laptops, and video and audio recordings in the corruption trial of former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and 21 others.


SARS may collect SABC TV licences

A new proposal to ditch the SABC’s TV licences for a ring-fenced tax collected by SARS is on the cards as less than a fifth of viewers are paying, notes a Cape Argus report.


Board clears Sex Expo advert

SA’s Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) found nothing wrong with The Sex Expo's advert of a woman's buttocks in a G-string after 13 complainants said it was offensive, degrading to women, and harmful to children, reports News24.


Judge takes aim at Moti Group’s gag order

It is hard to understand on what basis a judge could have granted an order in favour of the Moti Group prohibiting news organisation amaBhungane from publishing more articles based on documents apparently leaked by a former employee, Gauteng Deputy Judge President Ronald Sutherland said yesterday.


Cape Town outdoor signs illegal

The Constitutional Court has confirmed a January 2022 Western Cape High Court ruling on the illegality of the outdoor advertising signs and structures on the façade of the Overbeek Building at the intersection of Long and Kloof streets and that it’s the city’s job to regulate such adverts.


TV licence definition upsets consumers

A seemingly minor change in the wording of the SABC’s TV licence reminder e-mails has consumers up in arms.


Commission wants Google adverts downgraded

The Competition Commission wants Google to better identify adverts that come up in searches and place them lower down the page from organic search results, while also recommending that Google not be the built-in search option on SA mobile phones.


Decuplets story removed from awards shortlist

Independent Media's Baby Trade docuseries has been axed as a finalist for a global journalism award.


Malema threatens R1m suit over cockroach slur

EFF leader Julius Malema gave Patriotic Alliance chairperson Kenny Kunene until the close of business yesterday to withdraw alleged ‘defamatory statements’ he made during a TV interview last week or face a R1m lawsuit.


Minister awaits Treasury direction on TV licence fees

The SABC has again called on Parliament to scrap the TV licence fees system and replace it with a levy.


Bid to gag podcaster dropped

Attempts by a teacher from Gqeberha to temporarily gag a podcaster from delving further into claims of an inappropriate relationship with a pupil at St Andrew’s College in Makhanda, fell by the wayside yesterday.


Facebook ruling puts ball in publishers' court

Earlier this month, the Australian High Court – the equivalent of our Constitutional Court – ruled that newspapers and broadcasters may be responsible for comments on their Facebook pages posted by members of the public.


MultiChoice wants policy clarity before SABC Bill

MultiChoice has called on the government to park a legislative proposal meant to enhance the SABC’s governance structures and finances pending a comprehensive review of the country’s broader broadcasting policy framework.


SIU reveals role of department in Digital vibes case

Digital Vibes secured its R150m communications contract from the Department of Health as a result of alleged tender-rigging and other irregularities in the bidding process, says a Scorpio report on the Daily Maverick site.





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