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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.


Complaint against Carte Blanche dismissed

Carte Blanche has been cleared of infringing the dignity and privacy of an online wedding boutique owner who was the subject of an exposé.


Courier company can use 'Lord's name’ in advert

The Courier Guy company has been let off the hook after the Advertising Regulatory Board dismissed a woman’s complaint that it used ‘the Lord's name’ in vain.


Sorry decuplets saga to be investigated

The sorry saga of the alleged birth of decuplets, now shown to be a hoax, is to be independently investigated by the media group, whose newspaper, the Pretoria News, was the source of the reports.


Noseweek given go-ahead for 'limited' appeal

Noseweek editor Martin Welz has won an application for leave to appeal a R330 000 defamation order made against him and the investigative magazine he runs. Welz wanted the damages reduced, in part, so that his publication has a chance to stay in business, reports News24.


Landmark win against Advertsing Regulatory Board

A modern day David has scored a victory against a corporate Goliath as the court declared the Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) is acting unconstitutionally when it makes rulings about non-members and their advertising.


Sexy scenes on billboards allowed by ad regulator

Billboards advertising Diesel jeans have been allowed by the advertising watchdog after two consumers complained about their ‘sexually-charged’ images.


End of the road for SA’s gritty investigative magazine?

Noseweek, which has lampooned SA's rich and infamous for almost three decades, may be forced to close following a damning court ruling.


Prasa beaten at end of 10-year battle

It has taken over 10 years but a long-standing battle between Prasa and Primedia may finally be drawing to a close. And it has not ended well for the rail agency, says a GroundUp report.


Beer advert with anthem gets thumbs up

The Advertising Regulatory Board has ruled that the national anthem can be used to sell beer.


MultiChoice warns Icasa of 'unintended consequences'

African broadcast giant MultiChoice says that attempts by Icasa to level the playing fields among local broadcasters will have unintended consequences. ‘We should not be trying, through regulation, to bring MultiChoice to its knees,’ said MultiChoice Group CEO, Calvo Mawela.


Lottery bids to silence journalists with charges threat

The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) says it intends to lay criminal charges against freelance journalist Raymond Joseph and GroundUp over an ongoing investigation into alleged fraud and corruption involving multimillion-rand Lottery grants.


Hold 'fake news' journalists accountable

Former SARS executive Johann van Loggerenberg has called for widespread changes to media regulations after his career at the revenue service was tarnished following reports, which have since been debunked, that he was part of an illegal spying unit.


R1.5bn in SABC advertising ‘discounts’ uncovered

SABC employees allegedly used the corporation as their personal fiefdom when they irregularly gave huge discounts – sometimes up to 85% – to big corporate clients, resulting in the SABC losing at least R1.5bn in revenue.





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