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Title:Third-party complaints in the system of press regulation: inviting the reader to take part in journalistic accountability and securing press freedom
Author:Reid, Julie
Periodical:Ecquid novi: African journalism studies (ISSN 1942-0773)
Geographic term:South Africa
media policy
freedom of the press
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560054.2014.919943
Abstract:The system of self-regulation for the press was subject to contentious debates in South Africa from 2010 to 2012. The Press Council of South Africa and the accountability mechanism for the press (self-regulation) underwent two separate processes of review during this period, subsequently altering the procedures of the press complaints body to some degree, and replacing the self-regulatory system with one of independent co-regulation. A significant change to the system, in January 2013, was the introduction of the allowance of third-party complaints. In an environment of increasing perceived threats to press freedom from government, and acknowledging the low public profile of the press accountability body, the introduction of third-party complaints enables the raising of public awareness about the purpose of the Press Council of South Africa and its relationship to the defence of press freedom, in a format which was not previously possible. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]