ICASA is immoral

In the spirit of “I’m with stupid”, ICASA, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has granted a license to TopTV to broadcast porn. This means that from now, when you drive to work, sit in your house, work in your garden, or walk your dog, the faint tickle the 8m band from their satellite broadcast will brush against you with the colour of encrypted pornography.

The amazing thing about this is how ICASA explains their decision:

The Authority has also considered all submissions made in respect of this application from all interested stakeholders and it was found that most of the representations made were based on moral grounds; rather than a research evidence to demonstrate some of the conclusive remarks linking pornography and gender-based violence. It is the Authority’s view that indeed there is no basis or law for the rejection of Top TV’s application.

So, they listened carefully to everyone, and on weighing the arguments, decided that the arguments against were on grounds of morality.  They then said that morality is not supported by a carefully chosen avenue of research, and chose to take the side of “law” against the side of “morality”.  They chose to accept the lies of lawyers, and chose to reject moral imperatives.

There is a word for people who reject morality: they are immoral.

This is not really a change for ICASA – they are the same ICASA that effectively terminated Radio Pulpit by banishing them to AM, and scuttled many community radio stations because they published a Christian message or targeted an Afrikaans audience.  The only blip on the non-evil detector is that they actually did their job of regulating the use of the radio frequency spectrum a few short weeks ago (pulling the plug on some of WBS’s unlicensed transmitters).  However, that might be a false positive, since they are judge and jury of applications as well as executioner.

Here is the ICASA press release:

ICASA Authorises On-Digital Media’s application for three adult video channels
Posted on 4/24/2013 in Media Release

Johannesburg – The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa hereby gives notice that it has authorised On Digital Media (operating as TopTV) to broadcast the three adult content channels Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice within the watershed period.

The authorisation of this application follows an extensive public consultation process which the Authority undertook prior to granting the application by On Digital Media (ODM).

The Authority upholds the view that there is no law of general application prohibiting the production and distribution of adult content in the Republic. Only the production and distribution of child pornography is expressly prohibited by law.

The authorisation therefore limits the broadcast of the adult content to the watershed period i.e. period from 20h00 to 05h00.

The Authority approved the application on the basis that the licensee shall ensure that programming on this channel which contains sexually explicit scenes, conduct and/or offensive language intended for adult audiences shall not be broadcast before the watershed period; and all the security measures including the double pin code as outlined in the application are in place to safeguard children’s rights.

The Authority has also considered all submissions made in respect of this application from all interested stakeholders and it was found that most of the representations made were based on moral grounds; rather than a research evidence to demonstrate some of the conclusive remarks linking pornography and gender-based violence. It is the Authority’s view that indeed there is no basis or law for the rejection of Top TV’s application.

To this end, the Authority has decided to authorise Top TV to broadcast the three adult entertainment channels as applied for, with more emphasis on the compliance with the licence terms and conditions, the Code of Conduct and all underlying statutes.

ENDS…

For all enquiries please contact:
Paseka Maleka
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Email: pmaleka@icasa.org.za
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Ps. did you notice the part about porn only being allowed after 8pm?  Why is that there?  If you’re for immorality, why not have immorality during the day? What is the “Therefore” there for? Where’s the antecedant? Being evil makes you stupid.  Fortunately, it does seem that TopTV is in some kind of financial pinch, so it is possible that their evil will be short lived.

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