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Watchdog finds SBS breached during tamil radio program

October 3, 2009

SBS breached code with Tamil programs

THE communications watchdog has found SBS breached broadcasting rules when it aired a radio program biased in favour of Tamil Tiger rebels.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) said SBS breached its code of practice during two episodes of the Tamil Language Program.

Both dealt with the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and rebel group the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The first broadcast, on October 26, 2008, included an interview with a critic of the Sri Lankan government.

ACMA found no other views were offered during the program and the requirement for balance in the SBS code had been breached.

The second broadcast, on January 18, 2009, included comments on an atrocity allegedly committed by members of the Sri Lankan army, sourced from an online video.

ACMA found SBS had not confirmed the video’s authenticity and that the code’s requirement for accurate factual content was breached.

SBS has already counselled the presenters involved in the broadcasts and ACMA said it would not be taking any further action.

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