News24 fined R35 000 for Gaddafi images

2012-02-02 22:49

Johannesburg - Television channel has been fined R35 000 for airing violent footage of the killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of SA (BCCSA) received complaints in October, the regulator said in a statement on Thursday. news and the eNews Channel showed the footage without providing an advisory, warning its viewers about the violence. The complainant said there had been images of Gaddafi in newspapers and on television after his death.

"But I was utterly outraged this morning when at 07:30 and every time news channel 403 ran its headlines. They showed the moments before Gaddafi's death, where he was surrounded by lots of men and was clearly being beaten and dragged," the complainant wrote.

"The images were shown with no prior warning to viewers and repeatedly until at least 12 noon."

The images were found to be in conflict with the broadcasting code. The news channel also failed to advise viewers of violent scenes during its broadcasts on October 20, 22 and 23, according to the BCCSA judgment. was ordered to broadcast the following statement at 19:00 on the eNews Channel on a Thursday before the end of February: "The Broadcasting Complaints Commission has held that this news service had, during the seven o’clock Thursday evening news, on 20 October 2011, contravened the Broadcasting Code in broadcasting unnecessary detail of the attack on Colonel Gaddafi." was fined R5 000 for five contraventions amounting to R35 000 and must pay the fine by February 28.

  • Sean - 2012-02-02 23:07

    WHY??? He died like the dog he was.People have the right to know it actually happened.Government censoring-the start of the decline of society in South Africa

      Richard - 2012-02-02 23:19

      They are allowed to show it, but only after a prior warning to viewers. Parents as well as sensitive viewers need a warning before such footage is shown.

      karsten.kaminski - 2012-02-03 00:19

      @Richard, prime time news is at 19:00. Kids of that age should already be in bed. If you are a sensitive viewer I might advise you TO NOT WATCH THE News In one of the most dangerous countries in the world!! Big up to ETV, they showed Gadaffi receiving the same punishment he meted out to thousands. If government really believe his human rights have been abused... WELL............... I'll pack my bags and leave, I only feel for the people who aren't as lucky as I to hold a europrean passport. SA has unfortunately become a circus. I never thought it would.

      carpejugulim - 2012-02-03 06:44

      Oh for Pete's sakes there will always be some bleeding heart that waves their handbag around over something. The world knew Gadaffi was dead, the world knew how he died, the footage was shown on a NEWS channel in the morning when children should have been at school. If s/he was that sensitive a viewer why didn't s/he just turn his flipping tv off or change the channel? Or is it a form of self punishment that s/he sat and watched from 07h30 until 12 noon thereby giving themselves something to whinge about? Come on ... get a life

      John - 2012-02-03 07:02

      At least Management of e-TV is better than "Mzansi fo sho" Viva e-TV !!!

      Charlie - 2012-02-03 07:22

      Sean - rape and murder is also a reality in this country. Would you like to have THAT broadcast on TV without a warning, while your kids might be present? You probably don't have children

      Charlie - 2012-02-03 07:26

      John, I personally have reported Mzanzi channel and won a case against them for exactly the same thing.

      Modefan - 2012-02-03 08:06

      E-tv was showing the people how to correctly deal with corrupt politicians...the government did not like that

      Richard - 2012-02-03 09:18

      @karsten. I am not a sensitive viewer nor do I have children. I was just correcting the original posters comment as he seemed misled. For all I care ETV can show whatever they want. They must just be prepared to pay the fines should they not do it maturely.

      Jacqui - 2012-02-03 10:41

      Don't compare him with a dog.What kind of dog do you know who lived like that sorry excuse for a human?.

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:10

      The "start of the decline" ??? Got some bad news for you. It's more than halfway down the chute.

      Justin - 2012-02-03 11:53

      He did die like a dog but my toddlers shouldnt have to be exposed to that level of violent imagery when I am watching the morning news. Show the full versions after 9pm.

      Mary - 2012-02-03 22:06

      Justin, somehow I get the feeling you let the toddlers watch cartoons, but don't mind the violence inherent in those.

  • Johan - 2012-02-02 23:17

    Stupid complainant... What do you think it means when they say: "This is the last moments of Gaddafi" ?? This happens on a daily basis all around the world. Maybe you should remove your head from your a$$ and realise what is going on in the world. Life isn't all sunshine and roses. If that disturbs you, you should see what the accident scenes on the roads look like... Are you also going to sue the people who died because they didn't leave a pretty picture?? Really, grow up.

  • Deon - 2012-02-02 23:20

    R35 000??? Peanuts to a major corporation. They'll laugh it off.

      Warren - 2012-02-03 00:19

      Yep, about a full three advertising slots. Lol.

      Vincent - 2012-02-03 12:06

      " was fined R5 000 for five contraventions amounting to R35 000 and must pay the fine by " if I'm correct R5000 X 5 is R25000 not R35000. maybe its new maths. either the grammer is wrong or the somebody cant count.

  • Ozi Erasmus - 2012-02-03 00:03

    Quick to fine ETV for the truth, but slow to penalise or fine SA politicians, municipalities and most fundamental, some of SA's governments (lets not mention names). they get away with racism and corruption, but they fine ETV for the truth! whats next? fining Speak out or Special assignment? SA get real or die trying!

  • Wynand Basson - 2012-02-03 00:48


      Bardy - 2012-02-03 06:59

      Yeah??? O_o?? Doesn't make sense does it?

      seymore.butt - 2012-02-03 07:30

      That's governmental maths that you didn't learn in school. The extra 10,000 is for some official to pocket.

      Kuno - 2012-02-03 07:51

      its african mathematics... the balance will be pocketed or invested in a booze up

      Lynton - 2012-02-03 09:43

      HAHAHA! I was about to point out the same thing!

      Barker - 2012-02-03 12:42

      This is where 30% to pass matric gets you.

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-03 13:51

      thats immaterial wynand. what counts is not the accracy of figures but the fact that they were fined is sufficient for your purpose. whether they are fined a million or R100 where does it really affect you? talk of treivialities

  • Elize Swart - 2012-02-03 01:34

    Why isn't anyone complaining about the saturday night porn? Its also contradictive to the broadcasting complaint of SA? Its vulgar

      John - 2012-02-03 07:51

      This sort of soft porn doesnt even rate a PG 13 in Europe. Absolutely stupid. Anyone who complains about that shouldnt look at themselves in the mirror naked incase they pass out from shock of a naked body. Its about time etv aired some proper porn. #ifudontlikeitdontwatchmoron

      Jo - 2012-02-03 08:17

      Why are you watching? Switch it off! Go to sleep.

      Barker - 2012-02-03 12:43

      What porn? Please tell me which channel so that I can also watch.

      Hector - 2012-02-03 15:59

      Ag Shame Elize ... did you see a cookie ?? and did it scare you ? These VULGAR commie basteds... lol I have invented something that will prevent that you get exposed to these Vulgar images... A REMOTE i will sell you one $$$ For People like you the TV should come with a warning .. This Machine has no Brain ... Please use YOUR own ...

      Mary - 2012-02-03 22:10

      Hector, you assume that everyone has a functional brain. Big problem there.

      Hector - 2012-02-04 08:50

      @Mary oooooo Shock Horror .. I see the error of my ways ...;) lol Thanks

  • emmanuel.khuzwayo - 2012-02-03 02:12

    Very Good at BCCSA, this shows that you are not a biased comission, as COLONEL was a leader despite the disagreements he might have had with the minority group in Libya and the Tunisian rebels paid by the west. We salute you in your decision....

  • Lincoln - 2012-02-03 02:39

    Dont be jelous SABC 1,2 and 3... The BCCSA should fine the previous mentioned stations for putting our nation through phsycological torture with the S@#T THEY broadcast everyday OMG..!

      Bardy - 2012-02-03 07:00


  • reinier.van.den.bergh - 2012-02-03 03:20

    its still a bargain

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-02-03 03:52

    We wanted to see how Gadaffie met his fate and Etv was one of the channels to show that while SABC's editor was still in shock. 30 % of S. Africans should have witnessed gratuitous violence live. It sounds like there is covert mission here. Is it porn?

      Charlie - 2012-02-03 07:30

      Use the internet to find your grim images

  • Tusani Tembe - 2012-02-03 05:08

    i'm pretty sure if it was SABC who did this they would have celebrated for being updated. what do u expects to see if u watching news? porn? i really don' t understand this fine, what is it for?

  • Samantha Stevens - 2012-02-03 05:25

    " was fined R5 000 for five contraventions amounting to R35 000 and must pay the fine by February 28." Pls check yr math!- where are your editors?

  • Bobo - 2012-02-03 05:38

    "WARNING" Don`t try this at home/school or anywhere ! HA hahahah... BCCSA : 5 x R5000.00 = R35 000.00 ??????????? U need maths up to Gr 12 ! Oh Sorry I forgot .....U don`t have to !

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-03 05:52

      This is the new "Creative Mathematics" on the curriculum

      Geraldv - 2012-02-03 07:36

      The extra 5 grand is for the bribe!

      Lynton - 2012-02-03 09:44's actually an extra 10 grand...but who's counting :P

  • - 2012-02-03 05:45

    WTF?? We want to whatch the news but not be confronted by the reality it is supposed to portray??

      George - 2012-02-03 06:07

      Well then dont watch the news.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-03 05:49

    Shoot the messenger

  • Silvana - 2012-02-03 05:50

    Oh get a life. Those images were broadcast worldwide on TV and the internet. Some people are just born to nit pick.

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:16

      When they should actually be picking their nits !! :-D

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:17

      When they should actually be picking their nits !! :-D

  • George - 2012-02-03 06:03

    "sensitive viewers" Should not watch tv or movies as all they do is look for reasons to complain. They dont have the balls to put there names to there complaints. There names should be published as well and you find thats all they do every day, looking and complaining. Get a life or go to Alaska

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-02-03 06:09

    that idiot could have watched sabc news , but we all know that the opposition can not afford to pay to subscribe and get the good news i bet if properly investigated you will find the tread that will lead to the gauverment haha haha haha

  • Ian - 2012-02-03 06:16

    even on cnn, sky, and bbc before disturbing and violent images can be showen, viewers have to be warned before its screened

      Ian - 2012-02-03 06:17

      showen = shown

      margaret.mead1 - 2012-02-03 15:22

      Yea, they give you less than one second's warning for things like flash photography. There's hardly time to shut your eyelids, never mind go into another room.

  • Kathleen - 2012-02-03 06:19

    I'm so pleased that at least e-tv has been found guilty of breaking the broadcasters' code. Their previews of shows during the hours 16h30-19h00 leave a lot to be desired in a country which is supposed to abhor violence to women and children.

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:19

      Do you actually believe theis bullshyte ? The world is full of real violence. Get used to it and learn how to deal with it. Next time something violent happens, you might be the victim.

  • Jo - 2012-02-03 07:09

    Amazing who is complaining? Gaddafi should have been hanged. He was a killer and human rights offender. Why does everybody forget that he blew an airliner full of innocent people out of the ski! The hanging of Sadam and justice done to Gaddafi should be 24/7 on TV. This as a warning to leaders who have no respect for human rights.

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-03 13:55

      like who?

  • Zion - 2012-02-03 07:17

    ETV has a bad record fortheir over-the-edge reporting and the way they, our dearest Debra, goes abouttheirjobs. the last 3rd Degree was to a certain extent. laughable where the great lady refused the person she interviewed an opportunity to have his say with machine-gun type of interrogation. absolutely small minded if I may. So the mighty ETV get their come-uppence and who gives a damn for their destiny: be it R25000 or R35000

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:21

      You mean that some don't want factual reporting ?

      Mfudzi - 2012-02-03 13:56


  • william - 2012-02-03 07:18


      Mfudzi - 2012-02-03 13:58

      you are right, at least they dont manufucture news neither do they have anything to hide

  • jenniferann.palmer - 2012-02-03 07:25

    I agree with Sean and Piet...nuff said...

  • Hector - 2012-02-03 07:28

    " was fined R5 000 for five contraventions amounting to R35 000 " lol must be that fake matric maths at work ..

      David - 2012-02-03 07:40

      hector - touche`

  • Don - 2012-02-03 07:35

    news is always about tragedy of some sort, was there for example warnings showing the people drowning and been swept away in the tragic tsunami that killed hundreds of thousands ? Do TV chanels do this when they show motor accidents ? why only one station targeted about this one event ? Don't let sensitive viewers or kids watch news. News is about tragic events most of the time. Don't watch if you are sensitive. Consistency is justice and that is not consistent application. If it applies the Code fairly the Broadcasting Complaints Commission must act on all violaions not just those that complain. But it does not, been there got the T shirt I know.

  • John - 2012-02-03 07:46

    Thanks for showing etv - Don't bow down to pressure from over conservative morons who drag our country down. Cowboy the F#*& up!

  • Don - 2012-02-03 07:49

    The Broadcasting Complaints Commission has in the past refused to accept a complaint against a foreign broadcaster that is on the DSTV service. It will only fine SA companies... competitors to the local industry ?. Foreign broadcasters cannot violate the Code because they have not signed to agree to be bound, what control is that. Just the industry "regulating itself to be seen to be doin g good" No justice in a system like that. By the way BCCSA I have proof.

  • brynvw - 2012-02-03 08:04

    Dear eTV, please warn all sensitive viewers before each and every news bulletin before you get fined again. All news in SA is sensitive. Also, please warn all sensitive viewers before each commercial before they get offended again (especially the Nandos ones (lol). At this rate, you might as well change your "e" logo to a Triangle with a PG in it. Will save you a lot of time and money. Good for you eTV. We have the right to know!

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:24

      Yup. Tell the viewers that you might actually broadcast some or other comments by politicians, or, worse still, part of a political speech. Issue a "Raw sewerage" warning.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-02-03 08:07

    Why cause the SA govt was his beeeeeeg friend.

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-03 08:14

    Yes, if it was a white Zimbabwian or Bush Or any other white person and not the ANC's buddy, it would not have happened.

  • Ziggie - 2012-02-03 08:16

    SamuraiMama, go on holiday to Zimbabwe and stay there

  • Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-02-03 08:17

    so, if i pay my staff R5,000 per month and i give them R35,000 for 5 months, how long will i be in business?

  • Warren - 2012-02-03 08:21

    @SamuraiMama - By having that name you should be fined R100 000, for Imcompetence LOL and you probably have children. Pay the fine and next time make sure you warn users about your username. Thanks

  • Mike - 2012-02-03 09:53

    5 x R 5000 makes R 35.0000 - what the hell? SAPA please use a calculator!

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-02-03 09:59

    the only difference between ETV and SABC1,2, that people still watch etv.

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:27

      Isn't it a worrying that by watching SABC 1, 2 or 3, one immediately demonstrates one's IQ (and possibly status in life) ?

  • Nathi - 2012-02-03 10:13

    So, we must now pretend that the world is all "huncky dory"?.... We need to stop being so sensitive and pretend that these things don't happen. Really????.......

  • Barry - 2012-02-03 10:19

    Sabc showed that bloke being shot by police in Fickburg WTF ?

  • Barry - 2012-02-03 10:21

    Who said Debra Patta - whenever this cow appears on TV I change channels pronto

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:29

      Changing channels is like choosing a different shade of shyte. How about switching off ..... permanently ?

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-03 10:39

    Apparently we could see Gadaffi's victims lying dead in the streets, no problem there. I,for one, object to some one's indignation censoring what I see on television.

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:30

      For the same reasons that I don't want other's religious veiws being thrust upon me.

  • Mhlophe - 2012-02-03 10:43

    R5000 X 5 contraventions = R35000 Brilliant! Wish my salary was calculated the same way.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-03 10:51

    Simple change channels if the person did not like the graphic images shown!

      Mary - 2012-02-03 22:18

      That involves hard work, like actually getting up from the chair, or trying to figure out how the remote works. :-)

  • ludlowdj - 2012-02-03 10:57

    Yea and the next time there is a horrific accident the police must charge the drivers for failing to notify motorists with children that they are going to have the "violent"accident. People have become so petty that the end of the world is starting to seem like a great idea.

      Mary - 2012-02-03 11:31

      What do some expect from an entire swath of people who could best be described as a "Virus with shoes" ???

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-03 11:13 was fined R5 000 for five contraventions amounting to R35 000 and must pay the fine by February did they reach an amount of R35 000...if the fine of each contravention is R5000 this should give a total of R25 000 who will be getting the extra R10 000

  • jscholtz - 2012-02-03 11:49

    Please big government shelter me from the images of real life. Let me live in this nice dream world I have made myself comfy in. Grow up and address the real problems - many to sort out.

  • Justin - 2012-02-03 11:56

    He did die like a dog but my toddlers shouldnt have to be exposed to that level of violent imagery when I am watching the morning news. Show the full versions after 9pm.

  • Barker - 2012-02-03 12:39

    5 contraventions x R5,000-00 = R25,000. Now what is the fine ? R25k or R35k

  • Catherine - 2012-02-03 12:56

    Now this is funny. The complainant watched the incident from 7.30 untill 12 and then complaints that no warning is given regarding the violence. Welcome to the real world "complainant". You treat people like dogs you die like a dog. Let the world rejoice. You can look away immediateley if you feel offended

      Mary - 2012-02-03 22:21

      Probably interrupted the complainant while playing with themself. I agree that a dead person or five could cause a mood change. :-D

  • RobertKeeling - 2012-02-03 13:22

    Oh dearie dearie me. A fellow muslim felt utterly outraged! Shame - Gadaffi got what he deserved. Live by the sword and you will die by the sword!

      Mary - 2012-02-03 22:22

      I would be outraged just to be forced to believe the garbage in any religious text, not just the quran.

  • Mfudzi - 2012-02-03 13:34

    karsten.kaminski you are a prostitute. you might as well be holding a russian and an american and even a haitian passport. you are the people who travel around the world to cause problems. stay in europe and let us mess up our own affairs here. if it was during colonisation you would have been one of the cruel pigs. you embarrass your white friends