‘Don’t touch me on my studio’ gets all-clear

2010-06-02 11:22

The “don’t touch me on my studio” debate has been given the thumbs

up by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission (BCC).

In a ruling released today, the commission rejected complaints from

members of the public that e.tv had not been fair to Afrikaner

Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) secretary general André Visagie.

The debate was broadcast in April shortly after the murder of AWB

leader Eugene Terre’Blanche.

Commissioner Henning Viljoen said in his ruling: “It is

understandable that e.tv, by arranging a debate of this nature so soon after the

murder, was courting trouble – and trouble was soon to come.”

Visagie stormed out of the debate after threatening his

co-panellist, political analyst Lebogang Pheko, who had repeatedly interrupted

him.

He was also involved in a confrontation with presenter Chris

Maroleng which resulted in Maroleng uttering the unforgettable words: “Don’t

touch me on my studio.”

Viljoen said he did not think that e.tv had contravened the

broadcasting code of conduct rule that called for reasonable efforts to fairly

present opposing points of view.

Viljoen said: “Despite the interruptions, the heated debate and the

fiasco at the end, I think that each party had the opportunity to put its

viewpoint on this controversial matter to the viewing public.”



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