StarSat porn opposed by teens: report

At least six teenage girls have decided to stand in support of a court action by the Justice Alliance of South Africa (Jasa) to stop StarSat, formerly TopTV, from broadcasting adult content from 20:00 in the evenings, Sunday Times reported.

The report follows a recent statement issued by the Justice Alliance in which it said a court should review the times StarSat intends to broadcast pornographic material.

“We don’t think they [pornographic programmes] should be broadcast at all, but after 11pm would be a more reasonable time,” Jasa director John Smyth said in the statement.

“[We] contend that fixing a watershed time of 8pm flies in the face of common sense, bearing in mind that most teenage children finish their homework at about 8pm and then watch TV for an hour or two until bedtime,” Smyth said.

The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has allowed StarSat to air three adult channels: Playboy TV, Desire TV, and Private Spice.

According to the Sunday Times, two of the channels have already started broadcasting and the third will start next year.

When TopTV owner On Digital Media (ODM) was previously asked about its planned porn channels, the satellite pay TV operator said that it will be a separate bouquet that must be subscribed to at an additional cost.

The content must also be unlocked with a code and, in its most recent application to Icasa, ODM said it would only broadcast adult content during the so-called “watershed period” between 20:00 and 05:00.

However, the teens reportedly said in sworn statements before the court that airing porn during “family time” at 20:00 makes it “socially acceptable”.

Experts were divided on the issue, the Sunday Times reported, with some arguing that porn objectifies, focusing on sexual gartification and no other aspects of relationships, while others warned that the bigger danger was parents and children not talking about sex.

According to the Sunday Times, ODM CEO Eddie Mbalo, said this week that they were opposing the court application.

The case is expected to be heard in court early next year, the Sunday Times reported.

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