Church defamed in documentary - BCCSA

2013-09-25 12:08

Johannesburg - The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa was defamed in a Special Assignment programme on churches involved in crime, the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) ruled on Wednesday.

"The church was defamed," tribunal chairperson Jacobus van Rooyen said.

Visual inserts that depicted the church's buildings and insignia were broadcast during the SABC's investigative programme in May for an episode titled "Praise the Drug Lord".

Van Rooyen said the programme reported on crime and clergy involved in money laundering, drug trading, and non-compliance with South African laws.

No link

"Neither the church nor any of its clergy are mentioned by name in the programme, and no verbal link is drawn between the church and the illegal conduct reported in the programme," said Van Rooyen.

"However, a number of visual inserts show recognisable premises of the church that are used for worship, and the heart/dove symbol and name of the church are clearly visible in at least one instance."

The church's representatives told the BCCSA that even though there was no verbal mention of them, they felt the images nevertheless linked the church to the subject matter of crime.

In his judgment, Van Rooyen found: "There is no evidence before us that the church is, or has ever been, involved in crime, and SABC3 should therefore have excluded the visuals."

He said the defamation was due to the SABC's negligence. SABC3 was ordered to broadcast a statement explaining the judgment in the church's favour during the first five minutes of a Special Assignment programme before the end of October.

  • Lionel Kritzinger - 2013-09-25 12:27

    from molestation by priests to drug dealing and money laundering in churches. I believe this is happening and if there is smoke there is always a fire. Personally the type of thing that prevents me from supporting any church..Biggest skelms are sitting in the front rows..

  • Love Ness - 2013-09-25 12:46

    There was a pre-emptive strike in last weeks episode by SABC to clear and correct their story. The result was even more confusion and they also admitted to not finding their original source and can not collaborate the story. I did not know SABC quality control is now this bad!

      Erich Eichmann - 2013-09-25 12:58

      The sabc has any control?

  • Cj Venter - 2013-09-25 12:52

    the biggest and most obvious crime all churches have committed is making people bleieve in something that doesn't exist based on faith alone. you might ask yourself, if God were indeed the creator of everything known and unknown, surely he'd have thrown fireballs down on us for liberating same sex couples, unlike the last days of Soddom and Gammorrah. nobody honestly believes you can fit two of every known species of animal onto a wooden boat to repopulate the earth, where would he have stashed the spare animals and plants for consumption? and then there's the problem with wood eating insects too, let alone the fact that it was noah's family only that went with, so we'd all be horribly deformed hillbillies walking the earth today.

      Carling Blacklabel - 2013-09-25 13:37

      i have heard of some church goers even donate a percentage of their income to the church(tythes i think is what they call it) i would rather just throw my salary up into the air and the god/s can take what they need and i will keep the rest of what falls back down

      John Sekgobela Stalwart - 2013-09-25 13:45

      And a stupid like Cj Venter says in his heart that there is no God making himself of better knowledge than the early Stoic and Epicurean philosophers who in their reason of elevated wisdom denied God's very existance and his creative power in that he created the heaven and the earth and all that in them there is and none was created except by him and to suit his creation to full perfection he made man in his own image and put in him all attributes that makes a person but man fell from God's expectations and thus got a result of a limited mind,optical eyes and untrue imaginations that constantly astrayed him from the life of God thus resulting in the death of a man and now becos men are dying while the invisible God lives forever,fools and ignorant people don't care to seek God althou he be near them reasoning foolishly that there is no God,but there is a God whom the great philosophers of Athens worshiped as an unknown God until God himself sent his apostle Paul to tel them about him that I am the God that you ignorantly worship as unknown and non-alive, but I am the God that created the heaven and the earth and the seas and everything that is in them and i give breath and life to all and all things live in me,move in me and have their being in me and seeing that I am God i dnt dwel in houses built with men's hands but i have my abode in heaven and the times of this ignorance i have seen them frm afar off and I wasn't incensed bt i winked at them and nw I call ppl frm all nations that they shud seek for me becos I am nt far frm everyone of them becos I am a true living God. When the philosophers who were assembled at the Aeropagus heard this mesage they were nothing bt convinced that there is a true God,the atom havnt created the earth bt the true God did and I say to u Cj venter nd ur frinds that there is a true God.

  • Ms M. - 2013-09-25 13:25

    That is the problem with SA Media. They report lies as truth and have complete disregard for the impact their reports have on people's lives. Then they demand press freedom.

  • Phatiswa Nyengane - 2013-09-25 14:38

    Satanism at its best

  • Martin Fourie - 2013-09-25 14:44

    It's like saying VW cars are unsafe and posting a picture of a Ford, where does religion and God come into the discussion ?

  • MJ VR - 2013-12-27 16:24

    John Sekgobekla. Not even God can read and make sense of such a long sentence. He is to lazy to concentrate that long, he doesnt even concentrate on his "creation".

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