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Press Council South Africa 

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Introduction

The Press Council, the Ombud, the Public Term Papers Advocate in the council and an Adjudication Panel are an independent co-regulatory mechanism set up by the print media and online publications affiliated to them to provide impartial, expeditious and cost-effective adjudication to settle disputes over the editorial content of publications.

The mechanism is based on two pillars: a commitment to freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and to excellence in journalistic practice and ethics.

The Code

The Council and the press have adopted the South African Press Code, to guide journalists in their daily practice of gathering and distributing news and opinion and to guide the Ombudsman and the Adjudication Panel to reach decisions on complaints from the public.

Members

Almost all South African publications, mainly members of the Print and Digital Media South Africa (PDMSA) subscribe to the Code.

The Council is the custodian of this Code and may amend it from time to time, depending on circumstances.

Vision

The industry believes in independent co-regulation involving exclusively representatives of the press and representatives of the public because it is the only way that the rights of freedom  of expression and freedom of the press and other media guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic can be truly exercised. Statutory regulation would threaten the independence of the press and freedom expression.

Remit

Print & online media

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Building 8, 1st Floor, Burnside Island Office Park 410 Jan Smuts Ave Craighall Park 2196

+27 011 484 3612

Key Personnel

Director and Press Ombud

Pippa Green

Public Advocate

Joe Latakgomo

Case Study Officer

Khanyi Mndaweni

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