IFP seeks ‘super’ press regulator

2012-01-23 13:30

The IFP today called for the creation of a “super body” to regulate the press in South Africa.

There were shortcomings in the current system of self-regulation and the current press ombudsman needed to be transformed into a “super body”, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) deputy national spokesperson Joshua Mazibuko said.

He was addressing a Press Freedom Commission hearing in Durban on the regulation of the print media, headed by retired judge president Pius Langa.

Mazibuko said this body would be helped by an advisory board which would involve the government, civil society groups, political parties, academics and citizens.

“It must be made up of an equal number of representatives of each of the groups. Such a super-regulatory body must have powers to impose penalties.”

The IFP felt the present forms of self-regulation protected the media fraternity.

Mazibuko proposed that the press code allow members of the public a right of reply in response to the publication of offensive material, if it was reasonable and fair to do so.

“The length of this reply shall be reasonable and fair,” he said.

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