4 November 2014

MMA was asked to make a submission to the Independent Newspapers User-Generated Content Panel. The main aim of the Panel is to report on and make recommendations concerning hate speech, personal attacks and defamatory statements contained in comments by the public on internet websites controlled by Independent Newspapers. MMA commends the Independent Newspapers for opening its processes to civil society and for discussing the hard-pressing issue on how to regulate comments made on its online platforms. We hope this process will be exemplary to other media houses in South Africa that have not yet initiated some formal regulation around their online commentators.