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Glenda Daniels on the New Press Code and Why the Media Should Take Note

Fight for DemocracyIn her latest column for the Mail & Guardian Glenda Daniels revels in the brand new press code.

Daniels, author of Fight for Democracy: The ANC and the Media in South Africa, writes that this new code of ethics presents South African journalists with a golden opportunity and she chides media houses for not paying attention to it:

Earlier this month, at a Press Council event in the Constitutional Court precinct, a new regulatory regime for the press was announced, giving us an opportunity to make our journalism truly excellent.

Rather than go into the details of how independent co-regulation replaces self-regulation, or how there will be more members of the public on the Press Council, or how sanctions and space fines will be implemented against recalcitrant newspapers, or that a public advocate and a retired judge will now be involved in the new regulatory gig, I want to ask whether we can grasp this opportunity.

It can only be embraced if all of us in the industry become au fait with the new code. We should be seeing copies of the code on the walls and notice boards of media offices so that internalisation can take place.

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