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There will be no pornography on pay television in South Africa, the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) ruled on Friday. The decision followed a lengthy process of public consultation after pay television network TopTV's application to launch three porn channels.
Icasa spokesman Jubie Matlou said it was decided that women's right to dignity outweighed TopTV's right to freedom of expression, and the rights of viewers to receive pornography on television
“The FPI calls on government to urgently amend legislation to prohibit the broadcast of pornographic
programmes on South African television.”- Sapa
Zuma reportedly said on the weekend that to vote for the ANC was to choose heaven, while a vote for the opposition amounted to choosing "hell".
Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba intends to fast-track the passage of a yet-to-be drafted law that will compel internet service providers (ISP) to filter content provided to users to ensure it does not contain any pornography. The Film and Publication Board (FPB) held a symposium this week to look at ways of protecting children from porn. “Despite recent amendments of the law and other efforts to stop the devastating effect on children of their access to pornography, it’s not enough,” FPB legal affairs manager Dumisani Rorwana said in a statement on Thursday. “The law as it stands is not working, so we’ve no choice but to take it to the next level.” Technology had advanced to a point where ISPs would be able to filter out around 95 percent of the content in a “highly cost-effective way”, he said. Similar programmes to safeguard children from pornography were currently in place in China, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.