You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

South African authority bars violence on TV

Code of conduct to protect kids

South Africa’s audio-video regulatory authority, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), has ruled that television programs depicting excessive violence, especially against women, may not be aired on South African screens.

The IBA, releasing a revised code of conduct for broadcasters this week, also ruled that violent programs and those showing explicit sex must be shown in the late evening, outside of children’s normal viewing time.

Broadcasters will be prohibited from showing material that sanctions violence against women or links women in a sexual context as victims of violence.

Protecting children

IBA chairman Mandla Langa said the new ruling aimed to protect children from viewing violence, explicit sex and offensive language. The revised code introduces a “watershed period” or primetime for adult programming. Any programs outside this period have to be suitable for all ages. Free-to-air television primetime will run from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. On subscriber television services, primetime will start at 8 p.m., Langa said.

The move comes amid concern about levels of violence in South Africa, which has among the world’s highest murder and rape levels.

Under the former apartheid government, the television and film industry was tightly censored along conservative and religious lines that served to reinforce the apartheid ideology.

More TV

  • Tiffany Haddish

    MTV Movie and TV Awards: 10 Standout Moments

    South Africa’s audio-video regulatory authority, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), has ruled that television programs depicting excessive violence, especially against women, may not be aired on South African screens. The IBA, releasing a revised code of conduct for broadcasters this week, also ruled that violent programs and those showing explicit sex must be shown in […]

  • Michael B. Jordan

    'Black Panther,' 'Stranger Things' Reign at 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards (Full List)

    South Africa’s audio-video regulatory authority, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), has ruled that television programs depicting excessive violence, especially against women, may not be aired on South African screens. The IBA, releasing a revised code of conduct for broadcasters this week, also ruled that violent programs and those showing explicit sex must be shown in […]

  • Millie Bobby Brown

    Millie Bobby Brown Takes on Bullies at MTV Awards After Twitter Exit

    South Africa’s audio-video regulatory authority, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), has ruled that television programs depicting excessive violence, especially against women, may not be aired on South African screens. The IBA, releasing a revised code of conduct for broadcasters this week, also ruled that violent programs and those showing explicit sex must be shown in […]

  • 'The Bachelorette' Recap: Becca Kufrin Falls

    'The Bachelorette' Recap: Becca Kufrin Falls Hard for Garrett Yrigoyen

    South Africa’s audio-video regulatory authority, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), has ruled that television programs depicting excessive violence, especially against women, may not be aired on South African screens. The IBA, releasing a revised code of conduct for broadcasters this week, also ruled that violent programs and those showing explicit sex must be shown in […]

  • Short Form Digital Content Isn't Just

    Short Form Content Isn't Just Good for Execs, But Writers Too, as Emmy Voters Take Notice

    South Africa’s audio-video regulatory authority, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), has ruled that television programs depicting excessive violence, especially against women, may not be aired on South African screens. The IBA, releasing a revised code of conduct for broadcasters this week, also ruled that violent programs and those showing explicit sex must be shown in […]

  • Richard Valeriani

    Former 'NBC Nightly News' Correspondent Richard Valeriani Dies at 85

    South Africa’s audio-video regulatory authority, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), has ruled that television programs depicting excessive violence, especially against women, may not be aired on South African screens. The IBA, releasing a revised code of conduct for broadcasters this week, also ruled that violent programs and those showing explicit sex must be shown in […]

  • Jessica Parker KennedyHollywood Foreign Press Association

    TV News Roundup: 'The Flash' Ups Hartley Sawyer, Jessica Parker Kennedy to Series Regulars

    South Africa’s audio-video regulatory authority, the Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA), has ruled that television programs depicting excessive violence, especially against women, may not be aired on South African screens. The IBA, releasing a revised code of conduct for broadcasters this week, also ruled that violent programs and those showing explicit sex must be shown in […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content