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MMA Written Submission to USAASA on the Qualifying Criteria for the Set-top-box Scheme of Ownership

The Universal Service & Access Agency of South Africa (USAASA), the government agency tasked with bridging South Africa’s digital divide, has provided details of those who will qualify for a subsidy when buying a set-top box for watching digital terrestrial television. As universal access is considered a basic human right, MMA respectfully submits that in developing the Proposed Qualifying Criteria for the Set Top Box (STB) scheme, USAASA appears to have ignored the vast majority of households that it needs to service.

MMA’s Submission on User Generated Comments

MMA was asked to make a submission to the Independent Newspapers User-Generated Content Panel. The main aim of the Panel is to report on and make recommendations concerning hate speech, personal attacks and defamatory statements contained in comments by the public on internet websites controlled by Independent Newspapers.

MMA Written Submission to ICASA on the Review of Regulation on South African Local Content

In Notice No. 529 published in Government Gazette No. 37803 dated 4 July 2014, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) published the Discussion Document on the Review of Regulation on South African Local Content: Television and Radio. MMA commends ICASA for initiating this process and publishing the discussion document. However, we are deeply concerned about the lack of reference in the document to the actual research done by the regulator. There are very few references to the research and case studies; this unfortunately weakens the “Discussion Document”.

MMA’s Submission in response to the ICT Green Paper 2014

MMA has responded to the Department of Communication’s call for submissions to the ICT Green Paper Policy, gazetted in January 2014. MMA welcomes this call and the opportunity for submissions.There has however been debate around the issues which are absent from the ICT Green Paper and whether there should be a call for the Green Paper to be completely reviewed and these issues addressed.

MMA’s Submission at the Parliamentary Indaba on Transformation and Diversity in SA Print Media

The following is a presentation made by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) at a Parliamentary Indaba on Transformation and Diversity of the South African Print Media held at the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa) on 18 June 2012.

MMA oral submission on the Protection of State Information Bill

Media Monitoring Africa responded to a nomination by the National Council of Provinces’ (NCOP) ad hoc committee dealing with the Protection of State Information Bill (POSIB) to make an oral presentation on their submission. MMA welcomes much of the bill, but identified certain provisions of the bill which it views as problematic and suggests changes to seven sections of the bill to make it not only constitutional, but also to fulfill South Africa’s AU obligations.

ICASA Presentation: Changing Regulatory Issues of the Sector ICASA 2.0

This is a presentation made by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) at the Icasa Conference (20-21 February 2012). In its submission, MMA highlights the need for an independent and effective regulator, the need for a series of quality and diverse programming indicators, and the need for an upgrade to new methods of effective monitoring.

Submission to ICASA on the Draft Digital Terrestrial Television Regulations

Media Monitoring Africa (MMA, formerly the Media Monitoring Project) welcomes the
opportunity to make a submission to the Independent Communications Authority of South
Africa (ICASA) on the Draft Digital Terrestrial Television Regulations – 10 November 2011.

Submission to the Press Freedom Commission: regulation of print media

Media Monitoring Africa responded to a call for submission by the Press Freedom Commission (PFC) (15 December 2011) on the Regulation of Print Media in South Africa.

MMA supports more independent self regulation. By definition self regulation refers to a peer review system operating within a set of self- imposed rules by the media. It consists of representatives from the media profession passing judgement of complicated matters of journalistic reporting using a Journalistic Code of Ethics which is applied in determining the final ruling , and benchmarking the generally accepted norms and standards.

Strengthening the Press Code

This document forms part of the submission by Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) to the South African Press Council as part of a review process aimed at improving the current self-regulatory system.

This section deals with shortcomings in the Press Code.

MMA believes the following areas need to be addressed:

• Overall framing of the code;
• Minimising harm;
• Children;
• The public interest; and
• Discouraging “brown envelope journalism”.

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