Lunga Simelane
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13 Jan 2022
4:30 am

Press Code must be voluntary, without govt interference, says former ombud

Lunga Simelane

The SA Press Codehas to remain voluntary, otherwise government interference means freedom of expression will be affected.

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Despite the massive corruption enabled by the Guptas and The New Age newspaper, to follow the SA Press Codehas to remain voluntary, otherwise government interference means freedom of expression will be affected. This is according to former ombud Pippa Green, who said on Wednesday's press freedom was at risk if government intervened. The Press Freedom Commission, chaired by the late Chief Justice Pius Langa, recommended the Press Council be set up as a self-regulatory body. “It has to be between the media and the public and it should not be referred to as co-regulation,” said Green. The New Age which...