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Thabang Makwetla vs Mail &Guardian - 02 Apr 2020
Finding Complaint 4214 Date of article September 23, 2018 Headline: “Cyril accused of double standards.” Author: Matumo Letsoalo Page: Online: Yes Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint from the legal representatives of Mr Thabang Makwetla, a written reply from M&G deputy editor Beauregard Tromp, and further written replies
National Lotteries Commission and GroundUp - 19 Mar 2020
Re: Complaint number 7781 to the Press Council National Lotteries vs GroundUp Request to Adjudicate Background 1.On 21 February 2020, the National Lotteries Commission filed complaints about a number of articles published in the online publication GroundUp. Five articles were cited in the complaint. These are: Former National Lotteries Commission executive heads to L
Appeal Decision: GroundUp vs Joseph Winer - 18 Mar 2020
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Verashni Pillay vs Wits Journalism School - 17 Mar 2020
Finding Complaint 4420 Verashni Pillay vs Wits Journalism School. Publication: State of the Newsroom, 2018 Date: June, 2019 Headline: “Newsroom in Review: 2018” Author/Editor: Alan Finlay, Franz Kruger Online: Yes Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint from Ms Verashni Pillay, a written response from Associate Professo
Appeal Decision: Daily Maverick vs Oupa Segalwe - 13 Mar 2020
The nature of the Ombud’s Ruling is discussed in my Decision. Upon receipt of my Decision, the applicant wrote a letter to the Ombud and the Director of the Press Council, dated 27 February 2020. The letter raised two questions. The first question: “On what basis did the judge introduce this element of right of reply BEFORE publication when it was not the subject of the appeal, o
Appeal Decision: Spotlight Publications and Sadmon Projects and Consulting cc - 13 Mar 2020
The Ruling was on a complaint that had been lodged by Sadmon Projects and Consulting CC (“respondent”) in relation to a series of five articles published by the appellant, consecutively, during November 2019. The appellant is primarily an online publication which has made it its business to monitor the country’s response to Tubercolosis (TB) and the Human Immunodefiency Virus (HI
IFP vs Daily Sun - 28 Feb 2020
Finding Complaint 6606 Date of article: 8 October, 2019 Headline: “No Marriage for Shenge.” Author: Willem Phungula Page: 3 Online: Yes Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint from IFP member of Parliament Ms Liezl van der Merwe, writing on behalf of former IFP leader and member of Parliament, Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi and
Kevin Wakeford vs Sunday Times - 25 Feb 2020
Finding Complaint 4388 Date of article: 28/4/19 Headline: “SARS goes after ANC top brass in Bosasa scandal” Author: Belinda Pheto Pages: 1 and 2 Online: Yes Particulars This finding is based on a written complaint by Ms Teresa Conradie of Maphalla, Mokate, Conradie, representing Mr Kevin Wakeford, two written responses from the Sunday Times
Verashni Pillay vs Wits Journalism School - 25 Feb 2020
Complaint The complaint concerns a picture of Ms Pillay used in the Wits Journalism School annual publication, State of the Newsroom. The publication reviews the media industry in a series of articles by various media experts. The picture was used as one of several illustrations in a review article by Alan Finlay entitled, “Newsroom in Review: 2018.” Ms Pillay complai
Appeal Decision: Daily Maverick vs Oupa Segalwe - 25 Feb 2020
The respondent was acting on behalf of the Public Protector, for whom he is the official spokesperson. The headline read: “Busisiwe Mkhwebane: How to ruin a Chapter Nine institution in 28 months”. As the headline shows, the content of the article was not complimentary of  the Public Protector; it said, amongst others, that many of Public Protector’s reports were reviewed and
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