The first of the Press Council hearings was held at Wits University in Johannesburg on Thursday. This kicks off a nationwide series of hearings the South African Press Council is undergoing in response to the ANC’s call for a statutory media appeals tribunal. Many are hoping this review process will nullify the calls for a tribunal from the ruling party.

Media Monitoring Africa made a comprehensive presentation with a number of suggestions for improving the Press Code. Of these the most affronting was its view that the Press Code should improve its provisions for the representation of children in the press.

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