Sanef supports application to appeal Huff Post ruling

2017-05-03 20:59

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg – The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) wants the Press Council’s highest adjudication body – the Appeals Panel – to clarify the parameters of freedom of expression in the Press Code of South Africa.

This follows the announcement by the executive director of the Press Council, Joe Thloloe, that he has filed an application for leave to appeal the hate speech ruling by the Press Ombudsman of South Africa against Huffington Post South Africa, Sanef said in a statement on Wednesday.

Thloloe filed the application to appeal the ruling with Judge Bernard Ngoepe, chair of the Appeals Panel.

The ruling in question by Johan Retief, the ombudsman, had attracted considerable public interest and comment and had caused widespread confusion in newsrooms about the parameters of freedom of expression in the Press Code of South Africa, said Sanef.

Sanef also expressed its support for Thloloe’s application to appeal the ruling.

"We have noted Huffington Post SA’s apology and the publication’s decision not to appeal the ruling. Based on the reaction received from our members and comments by legal and media experts, we fully agree that clarity is needed from the Press Council’s highest adjudication body – the Appeals Panel – on this important matter," Sanef said.

As the largest organisation representing editors from South Africa’s national, local and community media titles, Sanef said it believed that such clarity would guide "our" reportage on opinions that may offend or discriminate in the future.


Read more on:    sanef  |  media

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
 

Men.24 Model of the Week: Wendy from Cape Town

Find out more about our featured model, Wendy from Cape Town

 
 

You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
WATCH: Pornhub is giving users free access to premium content these holidays
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.