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17 November 2010

ICASA Leaves others to Determine its Powers

THE Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa), which regulates broadcasting, has been conspicuous by its absence from a two-day hearing on the proposed Public Service Broadcast Bill, despite a consensus that the bill undermines the regulator’s role and cedes its power to the minister.
Yesterday, Icasa insisted it was still waiting for an "invitation".
Its silence will make it easier for the government to curtail its role, providing an opportunity for more political meddling in the media.
In Icasa’s absence, other groups have flown the flag. Media Monitoring Africa, MultiChoice and the National Association of Broadcasters told the hearings that Icasa, not the minister, should have the oversight role, in line with its mandate.

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