Can South Africa’s newsrooms, its regulation watchdog the Press Council of South Africa and its brand new Press Freedom Commission (PFC) learn some valuable lessons from British Sunday tabloid News of the World’s ‘shameful’ end of the road amid allegations of phone hacking? “Yes, I think we need to look at how the UK government has criticised the UK Complaints Commission, questioning its legitimacy. What this says is that we are not unique in having a system that needs to be strengthened,” Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) head William Bird told

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