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Report would not change SA media, say representatives

Media representatives debating a Press Freedom Commission's report say changes to the way the media is regulated will have little practical effect.

Power to the people and readers

Recommendations for reforming the press council have included a greater representation of citizens on the panels.

Commission’s report smacks of cheap political compromise

Informed by a fuzzy opinion that self-regulation has failed, it exposes the industry to manipulation

Media tribunal rejected, but major press reforms mooted

The Press Freedom Commission has called for more public participation and a hierarchy of penalties, but rejected the idea of a media tribunal.

Towards a free, responsible press

There is a great deal of important detail still to be finalised, but we should now put the idea of a statutory press commissariat behind us.

Shake-up lends irony to press ombud’s award

Joe Thloloe, South Africa's press ombudsman, has been honoured with the Order of Ikhamanga (silver) during one of media's most difficult times.

Press Freedom Commission report welcomed

The ANC has welcomed the Press Freedom Commission's findings into the press regulatory system, saying it is "legitimate regulation of the media".

Fines on the cards for errant newspapers

A new regulatory regime is imminent for SA's newspaper industry wherein an independent regulator will have the power to impose fines on newspapers.

Press hearings raise questions

NEWS ANALYSIS: There is little clarity about the form a media appeals tribunal is likely to take.

Media self-regulation is ideal

Ruling party's participation in the hearings of the Press Freedom Commission comes as a surprise.

Protector calls for press ombud to be more ‘autonomous’

At the Press Freedom Commission hearings, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela called for the press ombud to be "beefed up" and given more autonomy.

‘Clash of paradigms’ as editors defend self-regulation

Newspaper editors have warned the Press Freedom Commission that introducing a media appeals tribunal would be "the death knell of a free press".

ANC: Media regulation should be independent

The ANC still wants "independent regulation" for the media, arguing that self-regulatory efforts are undermined by vested interests.

Plagiarism oversight prompts press code concerns

The amended press code does not properly define or address plagiarism, editor Barney Mthombothi said at the Press Freedom Commission hearings.

Cosatu attacks ‘capitalist’ press

But the trade union federation stops short of calling for a mandatory media tribunal.

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Zuma, Zondo play the waiting game

The former president says he will talk once the courts have ruled, but the head of the state capture inquiry appears resigned to letting the clock run out as the commission's deadline nears

Stern warning against Covid greets Mthembu’s death

The ANC has slammed conspiracy theorists and cautioned against showing complacency towards the deadly virus

Lala ngoxolo Mvelase Jackson Mthembu

In his announcement, President Cyril Ramaphosa called the late minister ‘a life-long champion of freedom and democracy’

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