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Civil organizations protest against the government’s disconnection of analogue television

Over 100 organizations are expected to attend the People’s Assembly for #SaveFreeTV in parts of the country.

FILE: A number of civil organizations are planning to protest the government’s plans to disconnect the analogue television signal. Photo: Sven Scheuermeier on unsplash.com

CAPE TOWN — Civil society organizations will meet on Thursday to challenge government plans to disconnect the analogue television signal for millions of people at the end of this month.

Over 100 organizations are expected to attend the People’s Assembly for #SaveFreeTV in parts of the country.

The assembly launches a campaign to demand that the government delay the analogue switch-off.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has, as permitted by law, set March 31 as the date for the definitive shutdown of the analogue signal.

Sthembiso Khuluse of the Right2Know campaign said unless they act now, millions of people, including the most marginalized, will lose access to lifesaving news, information and education.

He said free television was essential to guarantee people’s right to freedom of expression and access to information.

Khuluse said the following on the stop:

“We are also behind; people cannot access their decoder. Some of them are rejected, some of them have not been installed yet. So if the government does not extend their due date, there will be problems. People will be left behind, especially poor and marginalized communities,” Khuluse said.

Meanwhile, the ministry hit back saying it was concerned about misinformation in this regard.

He said that so far, five provinces have been extinguished without any blackouts.

The department said the analog switch-off program followed a careful and methodical process involving all broadcasters, the department and entities under its portfolio, led by signal distributor, Sentech.



Civil organizations protest against the government’s disconnection of analogue television

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