McBride radio interview ‘did not breach code’

2011-07-20 14:37

The BCCSA has refused leave to appeal against its ruling that the SABC did not breach the industry code by airing an interview with Robert McBride in which he justified the Magoo’s Bar bombing.

Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa chairperson Kobus van Rooyen dismissed a request for leave to appeal by an SAfm listener, who had argued that the SABC breached the broadcasting code by airing McBride’s views without comment because his remarks sanctioned violence.

Van Rooyen said: “To my mind it is unlikely that an appeal tribunal would come to a different conclusion, or find, as the rules also provide, that the decision of the first tribunal had been clearly wrong.

“He has the right to explain his conduct and SAfm had a right to (broadcast) this view. The fact that many would find the view unacceptable is irrelevant.
“The right to freely differ on such a matter is one of the privileges of a true democracy.”

The 1986 bombing on the Durban beachfront killed three people and injured more than 60.

McBride was jailed for the attack, but released in 1992 and later given amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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