The media has been canvassing for relaxation of regulations with regards to what it can publish and what it cannot publish. Thus far a number of these laws have been relaxed compared to apartheid era. However a lot still needs to be done by media or South African Broadcasting Complaints Commission as well as Advertising Authorities with regards to flexing their muscles on the kinds of advertisements that the media can publish or broadcast (access to information will not be discussed here).
I’m sure a lot of you have come across a number of advertisements particularly on newspapers that make you wonder, is this business being advertised here legal? i.e. abortions adverts as well as the over 18 business services. I mean who in their right mind approves those adverts, can’t the courts charge these institutions alongside the culprits or owners of the businesses advertised.
There has been a number of reports by the media on the effects of illegal abortions and how our government systems are failing to curb this yet on the same newspaper there are at least 4 adverts of illegal abortions. Has anyone amongst you heard or saw action taken against these media institutions for their role in the killing of innocent children who die daily at the hand of these heartless barbarians. How many people out there who have had the worst ordeal have publicly mentioned that they saw the contacts of the abortion this on the newspaper and yet nothing has been done to change this.
The worst thing some of the editors and those in charge of the adverts sections are parents themselves, how do they sleep at night knowing fully well that somewhere in some dingy corner a girl is going through excruciating pains that she shouldn’t be or could be dying.
So as we celebrate this day while demanding more media freedom let us be careful how we use it.
There’s a no parent out there who will be willing to increase his/her daughter’s allowance knowing fully well that she’ll spend it at a tavern or club drinking her kidneys out or in the modern street lingo eliminating her neurons.