South African Courts Rule on Anti-Semitic Radio Broadcasts
The World Jewish Congress commended the South Africa’s Constitutional Court’s decision to uphold sanctions imposed by the country’s broadcasting watchdog, BMCC, against a Muslim radio station that had repeatedly propagated the denial of the
Holocaust and anti-Jewish conspiracy theories. Mervyn Smith, who heads SAJBOD’s legal team in the matter, said that the case was not about constitutional technicalities but about the refusal of Radio 786 to publicly acknowledge that the contents of the programme it had broadcast were offensive to the Jewish community.
Some in the Jewish community were happy with the win while others felt that a better response to Anti-Semitism is Jewish educational programming like that which Kars For Kids funds.
Michael Schneider, Secretary-General of the World Jewish Congress, said
the court ruling was an important victory for democracy and the rule of law
in South Africa. “We welcome the decision by the Constitutional Court
because it sends a clear signal to the media that it has to act responsibly
and must not propagate hatred on air.” Schneider praised the South African
Jewish Board of Deputies for persisting in their legal struggle against the
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