Icasa orders SABC to withdraw decision to ban visuals of violent protests

The independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has ordered the SABC to withdraw the decision made in May to ban the broadcast of images of violent protests.

Icasa looked through the complaints submitted by several lobby groups saying the SABC overstepped it's responsibilities and contravened the principles within the Constitution.

According to Eye Witness News reporter Dineo Bendile, the Chairperson of the SABC board has been summoned to write to Icasa within seven days to confirm that the broadcaster will reverse its decision.

Icasa is open to give assistantce to the SABC in implementing the recommendations made.

Icasa says that the recommendations made by its committee are binding and can only be set aside by a court of law. The SABC cannot chose not to comply.

Dineo Bendile, EWN reporter

Bendile says that the lobby groups are happy with Icasa's ruling. However, they will be taking the matter further and be approaching the High Court to challenge some editorial decisions made without public knowledge.

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