BCCSA to hear Jewish board’s complaint

2012-12-11 11:23

Cape Town - The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA will hear the merits of a 1998 hate speech complaint against Radio 786 this week, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) said on Tuesday.

"The crucial question of where the dividing line lies between freedom of expression and prohibited hate speech will be debated before the broadcasting complaints and compliance committee," spokesperson Charisse Zeifert said.

The hearing was the culmination of 14 years of court action and public hearings dating back to a broadcast on the Cape Town Muslim community station in May 1998.

The matter twice reached the Constitutional Court.

On 8 May 1998, the radio station broadcast a programme entitled "Zionism and the state of Israel - an in-depth analysis".

Zeifert said the programme featured an interview with the United Kingdom academic Yakub Zaki.

He apparently alleged, among other things, that "Jews plotted to bring about such historical calamities as the two World Wars, the Russian Revolution and various periods of global economic turmoil".

"The SAJBD will argue that in broadcasting this programme, Radio 786 was guilty of contravening the Broadcasting Code of Conduct, the relevant section of which prohibits the advocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm," said Zeifert

The hearing was open to the public.

It would begin at 09:30 at the Pepper Club Hotel in Cape Town, and would end on Friday.

  • paul.maarman - 2012-12-11 11:45

    ...1998, uhm ok...guess, letting go already, does not apply here.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-11 13:16

      The same blood libels are being expressed today. Hate speech is hate speech.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-12-11 13:38

      How can it be hate speech if someone says something that he believes is true and might even have evidence for? No-one hates the Jews as such, but it does appear that people hate things done by Jews and that is their freedom to do so.

      hendrik.verwoerd.14 - 2012-12-11 15:58

      I'd luv to see which way the BCCSA is going to go on this one, especially since the SA Gov pulled that "Manufactured in the Occupied Palestinian territory" stunt.. But, to all who would like to offer comments & should I say, this includes our Jewish brethren. Read up on the "Rothchilds" and their part in the Wars in Europe as far back as the beginning of the Rothchild empire & then read up on the origins of the Nazi party & more importantly how & why Hitler joined the Nazi party. Then form an opinion.. Its hopelessly clear to everyone that War creates profit & wealth for some of the survivors, so is it really ludicrous to assume that the catalyst could not be orchestrated?? Although its still a gamble that one faction would come out as the winner & or benefactor, one has to consider that having immense financial resources makes winning allot easier. Back to the Radio broadcast, I should think that if the station made it clear that this was the opinion of the person interviewed i.e. "Yakub Zaki" & not that of the station, then the station - even though they broadcasted it - is not guilty of hate speech, after all, it was the opinion of someone else & the presenters drew upon this opinion to encourage discussion amongst its listeners. If one considers the facts surrounding the wars in Europe & the Rothchilds hand in it, it may not be so difficult to form an opinion that millions of innocent people may have suffered, because of the actions of a "few"...

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-11 11:45

    I would think that in a democracy, people are free to air their views in public. If someone has an opposing view, then they engage them in open debate. Surely there is no need to take every disagreement to court or some other arbitrating third party?

      Werewabbit - 2012-12-11 12:11

      The above statement was presented as fact, not opinion. There was no proof given to substantiate the claim, and why would Jews choose to kill 6 million fellow Jews- or anyone else for that matter?

      vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-11 12:36

      But surely everyone expressing an opinion does so on the basis that it is fact from their point of view, especially an academic. Otherwise we could take every religion that has broadcast anything to the BCCSA, for portraying their beliefs in a supernatural being as fact without a shred of evidence.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-11 13:20

      Vernon, a public broadcaster cannot allow an opinion that Blacks are subhuman, or that Chinese eat children, or that Gays are devil worshippers. An unsubstantiate opinion that Jews are the cause of calamities like WW2 is no different.

      vaughndumas - 2012-12-11 13:25

      Not quite. In a civilised society you sometimes have the RESPONSIBILITY to not exercise your right to free speech. In other words, you should know when to shut up.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-11 13:57

      Democracy is to be approached with Responsibility.... Now if we can apply it here is RSA....much the better.

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-12-11 11:57

    Maybe it would help if they didn't give people reason to hate?

      Werewabbit - 2012-12-11 12:26

      Religions give people a reason to hate. They are the enemy- but no, they aren't: what you choose to believe is your own concern, so long as you don't impose it on others I see no problem. This is just as true for sexual orientation. But because man abuses religions they cause hate, pain and suffering, while promising the opposite.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-12-11 13:21

      What reasons do Jews give you to hate them derek?

  • renard.souza - 2012-12-11 11:58

    Maybe it's true, who knows!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-12-11 12:20

      You need to back up your accusations with facts. If you don't have these, sit down.

  • Rashida Patel - 2012-12-11 11:58

    Here we go again ...decade old, yet still crying the tired old anti semetism ...hoping to get sympathy. !!!

      allan.m.levitt - 2012-12-11 12:22

      @ Rashida.Is it ok to still have a fatwa out on Salman Rushdie? Make up your mind you brain-washed person. There is no doubt a case for HATE SPEECH in going to BCCSA. Free spech is always welcome but the hate spread by 786 radio cannot be condoned.

      ann.teixeira - 2012-12-11 12:31

      Stop playing innocent rashida, as a Muslim I feel disgusted by some of the things that are spouted in our Mosques and on that radio station. Are you proud about some of the things that are said??

      psalm.proverb.3 - 2012-12-11 14:33

      @ Rashida, That's precisely how I feel about the fictional concept of "Islamophobia", the tiresome attempt by Muslims to shut down criticism of Islam and hide their atrocities. At least we know that anti-Semitism exists - one need only open the koran or read the hadith. We really can't say the same thing about "Islamophobia" and "Naziphobia" (which 2 concepts are 2 sides of the same coin).

      gerry.pelser - 2012-12-11 14:44

      At Larry - ALL religions are disgusting.

  • K9LAKHAN - 2012-12-11 12:04

    Im Hindi, and I support the SAJBD , SA Jewish Board of Deputies. Growing up, my world could not be neutral. There was always hate speech against innocent Jewish people which many South Africans had too hear due to a lack of diversity in the communities. What the Muslim community station did was incorrect. Hindu radio stations promote better living and avoids conflict instead off instigate.

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-11 12:29

      I am an Atheist however my Parents are Hindu..... Seems there are a bunch of Righteous Extremist Hindus{Saffron terror} killing all that aren't Hindus’ as well.........Being Hindu means what exactly ???? Good and bad in all Cultures, Races and Religions.

  • andynct - 2012-12-11 12:12

    So News24? What did the Constitutional Court say on this matter? Or would that be work?

      Louise - 2012-12-11 12:43

      That would be work!

  • saintbruce.bruce - 2012-12-11 12:13

    Interesting action being brought. Islam is supposed to be about peace but is not peaceful outwardly. However, if you believe the conspiracy theories surrounding the Rothchilds financial Empire, some of these statements are not that far fetched. But are the Rothchilds actually Jews? I essence you have to watch what you say in a country that has a Constitution that specifies hate speech more so than any other in the World. Inviting an outsider to speak requires a duty of care to inform that person what may be publically uttered versus their private opinion. This is going to be very interesting especially in the light of recent incidents involving careless comments on social media platforms such as twitter. Radio and Television have always had to couch their words carefully.

  • zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-11 12:32

    Now let us all gather around this beautifully prepared Kugel and talk this out over hot glass of sahlab.....

  • hdludlu - 2012-12-11 12:39

    What Jews have expirienced in this world will always put them in defence everytime. They should be forgiven for this. They will always squash everthing that will put them in the 1940's situation. Infact Jews don't trust anybody anymore.

  • davidrobertlewis - 2012-12-11 12:39

    Justice for Robbie Jansen NOW. Stop the Apartheid Denial. Universal Freedom of Religion for Everyone, not just Muslims and Christians.

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-12-11 14:18

    jews would like it to be criminal offence to deny that the holocaust happened, the same way they manipulated the american and european justice system...what's more you'll probably find that their lawyers are doing it for free as part of showing their patriotism to isreal - zionist sympathisers. locally they trying to circumvent our freedom of speech and shut down anyone that don't agree with them on the Palestinian issue!!

      zapadela.tistarocha - 2012-12-11 14:59


      allan.m.levitt - 2012-12-11 16:02

      By your thinking, if one can even believe that you are able to think, then the use of the K-word is "freedom of speech." What a moron you are Phal die. Radio 786 spues pure HATRED and must be brought to task.

      zaks2217 - 2012-12-11 17:41

      Zionists are desperate for public affection. They even manipulate public perception in the media but people are not stupid. They think we are inferior easy to manipulate. Branding Muslims as the bad ones as they are not scared to stand up to oppresion, not scared to speak up!

  • zaks2217 - 2012-12-11 17:17

    Well well well I think this is absolutely brilliant! Please will the jews give maximum exposure to this case so people can finally know the truth about all thw wars and calamities in the world!

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