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/ 23 April 2008

Inquiry turns down request for information on Pikoli

The Ginwala inquiry has turned down a request for access to submissions on suspended National Director of Public Prosecutions Vusi Pikoli, the inquiry said on Wednesday. ”I have declined a request from Independent Newspapers that I make all submissions made to the inquiry available to them,” said a statement issued on behalf of inquiry leader Frene Ginwala.

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/ 7 November 2007

Fifth estate, not the state

Self-regulation for newspapers ratcheted up a gear last week with the inaugural meeting of the Press Council in Johannesburg. But the African National Congress (ANC) is also notching up its own pressure on the press. Comprising a panel of citizens and journalists, the Press Council was launched earlier this year to beef up the existing ombudsman in handling complaints about coverage. The system is a kind of fifth estate to check on the fourth.