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When comment constitutes hate speech and lower petrol price boosts new airlines

SACP General Secretary Blade Nzimande has called on the SA Human Rights Commission to monitor racist and hate speech comments left by readers of news articles on media websites.

Nzimande yesterday slated what he says is vile racism - hate speech and sexism being peddled in the comments sections of news websites and says media houses should be held responsible. Nzimande has warned that some websites could be sued.

So when does general comment become hate speech?

Professor Anton Harber at the Wits School of Journalism shares his perspective and then EWN Online Editor Sheldon Morias shares how they manage hostile, racist or sexist comments on the Eyewitness News website…

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says he will cut funding to independent schools, which achieved a pass rate of less than 50 percent. A number of independent schools have been blamed for dragging down the pass rate – despite Gauteng coming out tops.

Indonesian search and rescue teams hunting for the wreckage of an Air Asia passenger jet have found part of the tail of the aircraft underwater. The tail is the section where the crucial black box voice and flight data recorders are located. The airbus A320 plunged into the java sea on the 28th of last month en route from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people on board.

Two Joburg Metro policemen who tried to solicit a bribe are regretting picking on the wrong victim. The two tried to obtain a bribe from Crimeline Head Yusuf Abramjee…

The drop in the oil price has presented a huge opportunity for new airlines to start operating. Safair and Skywise are the latest to join the highly competitive market.

However, the airline industry is volatile – with a number of operators having to close their businesses – including 1Time.

Ray was joined by Editor of SA Flyer magazine Guy Leitch….

Shell has agreed a payout of around R1 billion to thousands of Nigerians hit by devastating oil spills. About 15 600 claimants from the Bodo community are due to receive R40 000 each. EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean Jacques Cornish will fill us in….

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