New porn channels welcomed

The Free Society Institute has welcomed the decision for Top TV to have three porn channels.

TopTV. Picture: TopTV.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - The Free Society Institute on Wednesday welcomed the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa)'s decision to allow three new adult channels to air in South Africa saying if people are over-protected they risk remaining "moral infants".

The communication watchdog on Wednesday announced Top TV will be able to broadcast Playboy TV, Desire TV and Private Spice, but only during certain times.

The decision follows public hearings into the porn channels with those opposed warning they could have a negative impact on society.

Numerous security features will protect children from the pornography and the channels will only broadcast it between 8pm at night and 5am in the morning.

The channels will also be protected by passwords and the special bundle will only be sold to those over the age of 18.

While criticised by some, the decision has been hailed by others as a victory for free speech and liberty.

The Free Society Institute Jacques Rossouw said, "The only way we can teach people to make responsible choices is provide them with compelling arguments for it. You shouldn't do so by threatening or intimidating or creating some sort of moral panic."

Icasa said all objections were considered and no voices went unheard.

It has also assured that children will be protected and will not have easy access to three new channels broadcasting adult content.

The decision has been met with mixed reaction.

While some are condemning it, others are calling it a victory for free speech and liberty.