News24 ordered to pay reduced fine

2012-05-23 22:04

Pretoria - The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) has ordered television channel to pay a reduced fine of R20 000 for airing footage of the violent death of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. news and the eNews channel were sanctioned for showing the material without first warning viewers about the violence, prompting complaints to the regulator in October.

The BCCSA received three complaints relating to's eNews subscription channel and its free-to-air channel for broadcasts on October 20, the day Gaddafi was killed, and on October 22 and 23.

Following the BCCSA judgment in February ordering the channel to cough up R35 000, the matter was taken to the appeals tribunal, where the reduced penalty was given.

The images were found to be in contravention of the broadcasting code. Viewers complained the footage was not always preceded by a warning that violent scenes would be shown; and if a warning was given, the footage was too graphic.

Footage was also broadcast outside the watershed time and children could have been watching.

The ruling was that had shown "unnecessary detail of the attack on Colonel Gaddafi" and "unnecessary scenes of violence". had to pay the reduced fine before the end of May.

  • leon.groenewald.9 - 2012-05-24 06:02

    Let me get this right, people are lauded for bringing about change through revolution; but if the true face of the revolution is shown in vivid color, the media has to pay a token fine for offending some sensitive liberal, who was cheering the revolution to start with, because images of death is just too damn graphic. Stop censoring the truth and the blood; maybe liberals and extremists with nothing better to do might just learn when to shut up or at least know exactly what it is they are instigating.

  • Peter - 2012-05-24 07:06

    GET a life BCCSA, people must realize what happens to dictators in the real world. Stop trying to censor everything. It was all necessary violence

      leon.groenewald.9 - 2012-05-24 08:56

      Peter, how long has Gaddafi oppressed you? How long did you live in Libia in order for you to judge the necessity of the violence? If you made that judgement based on media reports; then you have made a judgement based on no information at all. I have spent no time in Libia, did not know Gadaffi from a bar of soap and do not know if the killing was justified or not; but the world has to see the horror the policies they make judgements on, based on media fed disinformation, brings about. The lawyers, bankers, accountant, activists and radicals must face the blood and guts to see that it's not a game.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-24 07:34

    Who is the benefactor of the fine?

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