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Media groups fined for collusion

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 19 February 2018
Competition Law Litigation Media Law
The Competition Commission has fined two newspaper groups for collusion on the prices charged to advertisers. TimesLIVE says Caxton received a R5.8m fine and the Independent Group R2.2m. This follows a R22.3m fine handed to Naspers's pay-TV subsidiary DStv in May 2017, the commission said.

Exiled leader sues Facebook over 'like' distortions

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Media Law
In a case that could have major implications for Cambodia, exiled politician Sam Rainsy has filed a legal suit against Facebook, demanding it hand over any information which could prove that the Cambodian Prime Minister, Hun Sen, purchased millions of ‘likes’ to appear popular on the social media platform.

Editors' group criticises axing of TV channel

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 02 February 2018
Media Law
The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has warned that MultiChoice's decision to end its contract with ANN7 could have serious implications for media freedom, notes News24. The move could set a dangerous precedent at a time when the country was calling out for more media to afford the public with a variety and multiplicity of views, Sanef chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase said.

MultiChoice cancels contract with ANN7

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 01 February 2018
Media Law
A unit of African media and e-commerce giant Naspers said yesterday it will not renew its contract with a news channel previously owned by the Gupta family. A TimesLIVE report notes that MultiChoice, the biggest pay-TV provider in Africa, said an investigation found the company had not done proper due diligence on ANN7 but there was no corruption in its contract.

DA lays charges over Facebook 'incitement' post

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 26 January 2018
Criminal Law Media Law
The DA in Gauteng has laid charges of incitement of violence against social media user, Aubery Thamasanqa Mabele, at the Vereeniging police station. DA Emfuleni caucus leader, Dady Mollo, Emfuleni constituency chairperson, Isabel Lot, and DA Ward 45 councillor, Elize Aucamp, laid the charges against Mabele over his Facebook post calling on President Jacob Zuma to ‘give him a gun to defend our democracy’ in connection with Hoërskool Overvaal in Vereeniging.

SAB ordered to withdraw ‘0.0% alcohol’ claim

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 08 January 2018
Media Law
Castle Free faces having to re-label its alcohol-free product launched by SAB in October because it in fact contains 0.03% alcohol when it claimed it contained ‘0.0% alcohol’, notes Legalbrief. That it contains some alcohol is confirmed in the small-print, which reads: ‘Contains de-alcoholised beer 0.03% alcohol’.

Are investigative journalists being targeted by police?

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 07 December 2017
Criminal Law Media Law
Are investigative journalists Jacques Pauw and Pieter-Louis Myburgh, who have both written about alleged corrupt relationships involving President Jacob Zuma, being targeted by police? Are the police attempting to intimidate them? Legalbrief notes these are legitimate questions following recent events recorded in a report on the News24 site.

DStv rebuked for punting old content as new

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 06 December 2017
Media Law
DStv has been taken to task by the Advertising Standards Authory (ASA) for passing off old and repeat content as new offerings, TimesLIVE reports. A subscriber, Alison Job, complained that the channel had described the US sitcom Mom as new when it was old content. This was also the case with the Doc Martin series, she said.

Parliament to consider MultiChoice inquiry

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 05 December 2017
Media Law
Parliament would consider an inquiry into damaging allegations about MultiChoice’s conduct, according to Communications Committee chair Humphrey Maxegwana. ‘We can’t just leave the issues in the public domain. It needs to be discussed and a decision needs to be taken,’ Maxegwana reportedly told Business Day yesterday.

SABC, MultiChoice deal under ConCourt scrutiny

Details of the multimillion-rand broadcasting deal between the SABC and MultiChoice may never be made public if the two companies get their way in the Constitutional Court, notes a Business Day report. The five-year agreement entered into by the two entities in 2013 resulted in the SABC pocketing more than R500m in exchange for extensive rights to its archived content, with an added pact that MultiChoice would not encrypt SABC TV channels when the country migrates to digital terrestrial television.

MultiChoice poised to axe Gupta TV

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 20 November 2017
Communication Law Litigation Media Law
The Gupta-founded news channel ANN7 will no longer be broadcast on DStv when its contract expires in June next year, according to City Press, quoting an unnamed ‘impeccably placed source’ in the news broadcast industry. Another source reportedly confirmed various meetings at which pay TV market leader MultiChoice and various advisers decided that they would not be renewing the contract of ANN7 when it expires in June next year.

More legal action threats against defiant Pauw

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 07 November 2017
Litigation Media Law
Although author Jacques Pauw and his publishers remain defiant, legal pressure from those implicated in his book, The President’s Keepers, continues to build. Latest to join threats of legal action from the State Security Agency (SSA) and SARS is Arthur Fraser, a former DG at the spy agency, and his family, who have indicated they are seeking legal advice.

Grape juice passed as alcohol-free wine, ASA finds

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 26 October 2017
Communication Law Litigation Media Law
A company marketing and selling 'alcohol-free' wine has been found to be selling grape juice and not wine, according to TimesLIVE. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered Alcohol Free Wine (Pty) Ltd to remove any advertising that suggested that it sold wine as its products did not undergo the processes required for it to be labelled as wine.

Pistorius family to sue over new movie

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 04 October 2017
Civil Rights Litigation Media Law
Oscar Pistorius’ family says a new film released on Monday showed a ' blatant disregard' for both his and Reeva Steenkamp’s family, and are taking legal action against the movie-makers. According to a TimesLIVE report, the Pistorius family dismissed the movie as a 'gross misrepresentation of the truth' and said neither Oscar, his family nor the defence were involved or consulted about the production.

Committee condemns attacks on journalists

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 04 July 2017
Criminal Law Media Law
Parliament’s Communications Committee has condemned the recent intimidation of journalists, and has sent its condolences to the family of Suna Venter, says a News24 report. Committee chairperson Humphrey Maxegwana said the committee was saddened to hear of Venter's death, adding that she had left an indelible legacy of speaking truth to power.

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