26 July 2010
The government is proposing a new Bill that would effectively destroy the independence of ICASA, which is the regulatory authority for broadcasting. At present, ICASA (The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa) is a buffer between government and Christian broadcasters. If this happens it would enable the government to pressure on Christian broadcasters to promote or at least not speak against government policy and thus muzzle our independent Christian voice, because ICASA decides who gets radio licences. If the bill becomes law, the Department of Communications would control ICASA which would then undermine the independence of our Christian radio stations. Please email email@example.com to ask for ICASA to stay independent and for more time for us to comment on the ICASA Amendment Bill.
Many others in the secular community are also opposing this bill because it would undermine political and media freedom. http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/15/50220.html
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