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Monday, May 5, 2014

eNCA admits the news channel made a mistake by showing a rape victim's face in a case before the Broadcasting Complaints Commission.


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eNCA (DStv 403) admitted to the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) that the 24-hour TV news channel erred in showing the face of a rape victim during a news broadcast.

"The victim's face was blurred from the start and was briefly shown in the middle of the insert due to a technical error," eNCA told the BCCSA after a viewer complaint.

"It was covered again for the rest of the bulletin. The fact that we covered the victim's face for the most part clearly shows that an instance where her face was shown was a genuine technical error and oversight," said eNCA.

"The fact that we did blur in some instances testifies to the fact that we are committed to to protecting all victims of crime. This oversight is regrettable and eNCA apologises for the error".

According to eNCA, the reporter who covered the story indicated that "as far as the victim is concerned, she would not have been offended by the revelation of her face".

The identity of rape victims are protected by South Africa's Broadcasting Code of Conduct.

At the hearing, a letter from the woman, over the age of 21, was handed to the commission, signed by her, saying that she gave permission for the disclosure of her identity by eNCA.