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Prasa beaten at end of 10-year battle

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 01 April 2021
Tags: #Administrative Law #Litigation #Media Law
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

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 27 January 2021
Tags: #Media Law
The Advertising Regulatory Board has ruled that the national anthem can be used to sell beer.

MultiChoice warns Icasa of 'unintended consequences'

By Daily News Published on Monday, 18 January 2021
Tags: #Competition Law #Litigation #Media Law
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

By Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News 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 Daily News Published on Friday, 15 February 2019
Tags: #Ethics #Media Law
Online car buying portal WeBuyCars.co.za 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.

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