75 days of the new Press Council

CLOSER LOOK: Dr Julie Reid of the Media Policy and Democracy Project explains how they put the Press Council under the microscope.

The old Press Council, which was only two years old, was revamped on 1 January after months of negotiations with the regulatory wing of the Interactive Advertising Bureau South Africa, the umbrella association of online media in the country.

“The baby is now 75 days old and that is significant because now it can stand on its own,” executive director of the Press Council of South Africa, Joe Thloloe said yesterday.

The most significant change made to the council is the inclusion of the digital arena in the regulation of the media, in addition to the changes regarding lapses in journalistic ethics and practices – which were put into effect in 2013.

The inclusion of digital platforms in the regulations of the Press Council comes in response to the need to adapt to the current conditions in South Africa – that being the increased use of social media by media houses and their individual publications.

This change did not take place suddenly but rather stemmed from five years of research conducted by the Media Policy and Democracy Project.

Dr Julie Reid headed the project to evaluate the Press Council under the microscope and conducted the research by answering a number of important questions regarding the profile of the complainants who usually report unethical journalism in the media and sanctions against publications, among other things. Since reviewing the research she confidently congratulated the council on the strides they have made in the last seven years and also noted that they are looking forward to witnessing the moves the revamped Press Council will make in the future.

The new baby is born out of a fast-changing world and the new Press Council is working valiantly to uphold the principles and integrity of the media industry in South Africa.

Details: 011 484 3612/8; pressombudsman@ombudsman.org.za

  AUTHOR
Racine Edwardes

find your
dream home

looking for an
affordable
apartment

List your Property

It's easy in only three
simple steps...

find professional
services in
your area

Locate a business
operating in
your area

List your Business

Want more customers? They're online right now, searching for businesses like yours. Place your ad now...

Latest News

COMMENTS

fourwaysreview2midrandreporteralexnewsnortheasterntribunerosebankkillarneygazettesandtonchroniclegetit Autodealer.co.za
Top

Thanx for your referral. We have no doubt your friends will love our newsletter as much as you!

Don't forget to verify your email.

SUBSCRIBE
to our free NEWSLETTER
!
SUBSCRIBE to our FREE newsletter.




SELECT your titles:

Alex News
City Buzz
Fourways Review
Joburg East Express
Midrand Reporter
North Eastern Tribune
Northcliff Melville Times
Randburg Sun
Roodepoort Northsider
Rosebank Killarney Gazette
Sandton Chronicle


Your details:


Your friends:

I didn't sign up for this
I'd like to see and read more... (Please indicate in comments section below)
I'm relocating (Please indicate where to)
Other