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Icasa to hear TopTV porn channel application

The communications authority is to hear an application by TopTV to broadcast porn channels.

Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA). Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - An application by TopTV to broadcast three pornography channels will be heard by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), on Thursday.

TopTV previously applied to Icasa to air the porn channels, but after receiving no response for two months, it went ahead without permission.

The communications watchdog then made an urgent application to the South Gauteng High Court to halt the broadcast, until Icasa made a decision.

TopTV argued that South Africans had the constitutional right to choose what they watch.

The independent broadcaster also added that adult content was freely available on the internet, without any protection for children.