Punishment meted out to newspapers for irresponsible reporting should be “proportionate” to the harm caused, Media Monitoring Africa said on Thursday.

“There need to be better ways to deal with offences by the press,” MMA spokeswoman Taryn Hinton said at public hearings conducted by the Press Council at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The Press Council is holding public hearings with the aim of reviewing its constitution, the Press Code and how it handles complaints.

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