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Authority bans ‘misleading’ Herbex ad

By Daily News Published on Monday, 04 June 2018
Tags: #Media Law
The Advertising Standards Authority of SA (ASA) has instructed its members to reject advertising for Herbex Fat Burn for Men products. A Saturday Dispatch report says this comes after consumer activist Dr Harris Steinman complained about an animated television commercial featuring the products.

Authority has no beef with Prince McDonald advert

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 24 May 2018
Tags: #Media Law
The Advertising Standards Authority has dismissed a complaint about a McDonald's SA television advert 'misrepresenting' the late singer Prince, who was a strict vegan. Jacob Mogano argued the fast-food giant had no authority to decide how the late pop star should be represented, notes TimesLIVE.

Airport sex adverts inoffensive, watchdog rules

By Daily News Published on Friday, 11 May 2018
Tags: #Media Law
The Advertising Standards Authority has dismissed a complaint about sex toys being advertised in airport toilet cubicles, TimesLIVE notes. Complainant Natalia Lumgair, whose child saw an advert by Matildas.co.za posters when they were in a cubicle together, said the posters were highly sexual and unsuitable for airports where children might see them.

ASA rules Shoprite ad not racist

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 26 April 2018
Tags: #Media Law
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that a Shoprite TV commercial was not ‘racism at its best’. A TimesLIVE report says in the commercial, a black girl talks about her future career choice in front of her class. ‘When I grow up‚ I want to help people save money. I want to work at Shoprite like my mommy,’ she announces.

Groups still opposing rebranded ANN7 licence bid

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Tags: #Media Law
Lobby groups have vowed to continue opposing Gupta-owned ANN7’s bid for a new licence, despite the channel rebranding to distance itself from the family, notes a Business Day report. Mzwanele Manyi, owner of Afrotone Media Holdings, said ANN7 would change its name to Afro Worldview on 30 April. The New Age (TNA) newspaper would be rebranded as Afro Voice and its editorial policy would be in line with the press code.

Watchdog rules against school billboard 'eff' word

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 19 April 2018
Tags: #Media Law
Webafrica has agreed to amend its billboard at a Cape Town school advertising 'effing fast Internet' after complaints to the Advertising Standards Authority, says TimesLIVE. The 'eff' will be obscured on the advert at Trafalgar High in District Six and replaced with 'ing fast Internet'.

Groups call for rejection of Infinity licence

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Tags: #Communication Law #Media Law
Lobby groups have called on Icasa to reject an application by the Gupta-backed Infinity Media for an individual, commercial free-to-air television broadcasting service licence. A Business Day report notes in February, Icasa issued a new invitation for Infinity Media to apply after the regulator had rejected a previous application from the company and others in 2014.

Herbex loses long-running advertisement dispute

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Tags: #Consumer Protection Law #Media Law
Herbex has been found to be in violation of the advertising standards code for using unjustified testimonials claiming efficacy of its Attack the Fat product in an advertisement. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled against the advertisement, and will instruct its members not to run it, reports GroundUp.

Woolworths survives ‘no sugar added’ claim

By Daily News Published on Friday, 06 April 2018
Tags: #Business & Industry Law #Litigation #Media Law
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) believes concerned consumers will read the nutritional information on the back of food packaging and not take claims on the front at face value, says a TimesLIVE report. ‘If the consumer has a particular reason for not eating sugar‚ they will consult the ingredient list‚’ it said in a recent ruling.

Judge hears arguments on ‘Inxeba’

By Daily News Published on Thursday, 29 March 2018
Tags: #Constitutional Law #Litigation #Media Law
The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has heard arguments on whether the Film and Publication Board and its Appeals Tribunal should both be part of the matter involving the reclassification of the award-winning film Inxeba. The Witness reports Judge Joseph Raulinga argued he had watched the film to help him with the case.

Vodacom ordered to withdraw misleading data advert

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 20 March 2018
Tags: #Media Law
A Vodacom print advert promoting its Internet data packages was found to be misleading and dishonest, Business Report says. The Advertising Standards Authority of SA ruled that Vodacom should withdraw the advert promoting packages between 4GB and 40GB and not use it again.

Urgent appeal to stop screening of Inxeba dismissed

By Daily News Published on Monday, 12 March 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Media Law
Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) Judge Neil Tuchten has dismissed an urgent appeal by the National House of Traditional Leaders to interdict the return of the film Inxeba (The Wound) to cinemas. A News24 report says the application was dismissed with costs. The decision comes after Tuchten had earlier ruled that pending a review application on 28 March, the film could be screened again from 9 March.

Inxeba ban lifted pending review

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Tags: #Media Law
The X-rated ban on the Xhosa initiation film Inxeba (The Wound) was yesterday temporarily lifted by agreement between the parties following an urgent application by the producers, says the Pretoria News. The film will be distributed with an 18 age restriction, which means that it may be screened at all cinemas, pending the outcome of review proceedings which will be heard on 28 March.

Municipality accused of allowing ‘illegal masts’

By Daily News Published on Tuesday, 06 March 2018
Tags: #Consumer Protection Law #Litigation #Media Law
MTN and the eThekwini Municipality have been accused of violating Durban by-laws following their joint venture to erect cellphone masts across the city. The Mercury reports the Durban Anti-Cell Mast Alliance claims that MTN has erected a total of 123 cellphone masts across the city without complying with the city’s spatial planning regulations.

Bid to overturn Inxeba’s X18 rating

By Daily News Published on Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Tags: #Litigation #Media Law
The producers of Inxeba – The Wound have confirmed they are seeking an urgent interdict to overturn the X18 rating of the film, says a report in The Herald. Following several attempts by the producers of the critically acclaimed film to have the rating overturned, they have now turned to law firm Webber Wentzel.

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