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Lottery bids to silence journalists with charges threat

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Tuesday, 04 February 2020
Tags: #Criminal Law #Litigation #Media Law
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

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 03 February 2020
Tags: #Ethics #Litigation #Media Law #Personal Injury Law
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

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 22 January 2020
Tags: #Litigation #Media Law
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.

Mkhwebane laments liquidation threat to Independent Media

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 28 November 2019
Tags: #General Legal Practice #Insolvency Law #Media Law
Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane has apparently noted her concerns about the liquidation application against Sekunjalo Independent Media (SIM), saying to close down the media giant would narrow the number of media voices in the country.

Motsoeneng claims SABC owes him R16m

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 23 September 2019
Tags: #Litigation #Media Law
Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is claiming R16m he says he is owed by the bankrupt broadcaster for brokering a controversial content deal with pay-TV giant MultiChoice. The ex-SABC boss has responded to a civil claim lodged by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to recover R21m from him with his own counterclaim against the broadcaster, says a Sunday Times report.

Malema’s media ban is unconstitutional

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 19 September 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Media Law
‘The decision by EFF leader Julius Malema to ban certain media organisations from covering EFF events or briefings directly implicates the proper functioning of the democracy and it is highly unlikely that the court will sanction the limitation of the right.’

Editors slam Malema's 'apartheid-style' ban on reporters

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Monday, 16 September 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Ethics #Media Law
The SA National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) said it was ‘appalled’ by EFF leader Julius Malema’s call to ban investigative journalism units amaBhungane and the Daily Maverick’s Scorpio from attending their party events, including press conferences.

Malema bars investigative journalists from EFF events

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 13 September 2019
Tags: #Media Law
EFF leader Julius Malema has banned investigative journalism units amaBhungane and Daily Maverick's Scorpio from attending party events. He made this announcement during the EFF memorial service for former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.

Regulator uncomfortable with 'non-alcoholic' cider ad

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 07 August 2019
Tags: #Media Law
The Advertising Regulatory Board (ARB) says it has 'discomfit' in the labelling of a product containing 0.3% alcohol as 'non-alcoholic' even though it was within the law to do so.

Another ruling condemns 'colonialism' advert

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Tags: #Civil Rights #Litigation #Media Law
A second appeal panel, led by Judge Bernard Ngoepe, has ruled that the Chicken Licken advert that parodied colonialism, was offensive. The advert will remain banned, reports TimesLIVE.

Chicken Licken advert doesn't fly with appeals board

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 22 February 2019
Tags: #Media Law
Colonialism was a no-go zone for advertising humour, the appeal committee of the Advertisting Regulatory Board (ARB) has ruled. The committee upheld an earlier ruling that the 'Big Mjohnan' Chicken Licken ad was offensive and must never be aired again, notes TimesLIVE.

Online car sales portal ads not misleading – ruling

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Friday, 15 February 2019
Tags: #Ethics #Media Law
Online car buying portal was not misleading in promising to buy and sell any make or model of car in its adverts, the Advertising Regulatory Board has ruled. Complainant Dennis Sibuyi, responding to the online company's adverts, said when he tried to sell his 2016 BMW X6M for R1.4m (its value) he was told he could not because the company did not purchase vehicles worth more than R1m.

Motsoeneg targeted in bid to recoup SABC millions

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Media Law
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has started work to recoup almost R33m on behalf of the cash-strapped SABC and the government. R21.7m of this amount would possibly be retrieved from former SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, according to a News24 report.

SABC technically insolvent

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 01 November 2018
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Employment and Labour Law #Media Law
The SABC was 'technically insolvent' and was unable to fulfil its financial obligations, CEO Madoda Mxakwe said yesterday. 'If we were a private company, we would have been recapitalised,' he said at a briefing with reporters in Johannesburg, on the dire financial situation at the public broadcaster. He said the threat of commercial insolvency was also increasing.

Ombud dismisses Zulu king honorifics complaint

By Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd Published on Thursday, 25 October 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Media Law
A complaint to the Press Ombudsman that Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini's proper title was not used every time he was mentioned in a Daily Dispatch story, has been dismissed. A News24 report notes that in the complaint, ‘Tristan Gouws’ complained that in the story, Zwelithini's name was mentioned seven times without his ‘title, status or surname’ being used.

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