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Why should I use the Press Council complaints mechanism?

The Press Council’s complaints mechanism is free and the quickest way of resolving a complaint against a publication. You do not need to use a legal representative.

Can I go to court as well as the Press Council?

It remains your constitutional right to claim civil relief in a court of law. However, when you lodge a complaint with the Press Council, the Public Advocate will ask you to complete a questionnaire. If you indicate there is a pending or contemplated legal proceeding, the Public Advocate may defer acceptance of your complaint pending the outcome of such legal proceedings.

Can I review Press Council decisions in court?

The decision of the Appeals Panel on the merits of the matter is final. However, if you feel there were procedural errors (that is, not on the merits of the case), you may take the decision on review to the High Court.