Thursday, October 31, 2013



South African Radio Station Fined for Unflattering Mention of Islam

The Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa(BCCSA) fined in an August 29, 2013 judgment a South African radio broadcaster for making an "unjustifiable connection with Islam" during news reports.

This punitive second-guessing of journalistic conduct with respect to referencing background material such as a religion entails the most negative of consequences for a crucially important unhindered discussion of Islam.

BCCSA fined the public broadcaster SAfm R10,000 each for two violations of South Africa'sBroadcasting Code on May 24, 2013. The complainant, SAMNET (South African Muslim Network), charged in the first instance that a SAfm noon bulletin discussed "immigrants protesting in Switzerland about employment and other issues." The clip stated that the "protesters were not linked to any religion even though some Muslims were present." "By inference…members of other religious groups" unnamed were present. This "blatant prejudicial reporting…casts Muslims in a negative light."

The second SAMNET accusation involved an afternoon news report of two men arrested for endangering a Pakistan-United Kingdom flight. Various news reports described "British nationals" involved in a "criminal offense" with no "terrorism angle." Yet SAfm linked the flight with the May 22 London murder of British soldier Lee Rigby described by SAfm's announcer as "perpetrated by two Islamic extremists." SAMNET objected that no information tied the episode to terrorism or Islam, and thereby "adding to the already anger [sic] against Muslims…after the Boston and Woolwich incidents, SAFM news is perpetuating misconceptions and prejudice."

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I guess we are no longer allowed to use the old saying "call a spade a spade". It could offend the spade.

Anonymous said...

He should have doe this to Christians he would be safe. Yu can do whatever you want to them the left would be ok. But dare to say the truth about their favorite pet minority and you will be run out of business.

Apparently free speech only goes so far!

Anonymous said...

Yep - don't ever mention the huge Islamic elephant in ANY room!

Anonymous said...

"Political correctness is a far greater threat to our freedom and liberty than is terrorism..." -- Spider

Anonymous said...

four times

Anonymous said...

This is not about calling a spade a spade.
It is about reporting on people digging a hole and saying 1) that some of the participants were Muslim - for no apparent reason, and
2) referring to a different hole that had been dug and mentioning that other hole was dug by Muslims - again, totally irrelevant.

Anonymous said...

Mohammed a pig lover.

Anonymous said...

5:41, apparently you don't protest when Muslims lie about Jews. Hypocrite.