Joe Thloloe, South Africa's press ombudsman, has been honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) during one of media's most difficult times.
The Press Council's Ombudsman has reported to editors a 70% increase over the last three years in the number of complaints about newspaper reports.
The number of complaints to the press ombud in South Africa is relatively low, the Press Freedom Commission has been told.
The ANC Youth League called the ombudsman "useless" on Tuesday after he refused a request to investigate how newspapers had misquoted Julius Malema.
"Let's stop meaningless journalism." That was the cry from new South African press ombudsman Joe Nong Thloloe at a forum, themed Leading Conversations, held on Tuesday. Thloloe, a former South African Broadcasting Corporation and e.tv news editor-in-chief, was appointed to the position at the launch of the new Press Council of South Africa on Friday August 3.