Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wits Great Hall Debate - How should the media be regulated? Monday 23rd August 2010

The Faculty of Humanities at Wits University & the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism (IAJ) invite you to a Public Debate on How should the media be regulated?

The ANC has proposed a Media Appeals Tribunal (MAT) because it believes the current system of self regulation of the media through the Press Council and the Pressombudsman is ineffective and not independent of the press. Debate is raging all over South Africa and the following questions have arisen which the debate will address:
  • Is the MAT necessary when we have the Pressombudsman and the Press Council?
  • Is the MAT a veiled attempt to censor the media by the ANC?
  • Is self regulation through a Press Council better than statutory regulation through a MAT?

Jackson Mthembu - ANC Spokesperson & NEC Sub Committee on Communication
Jeremy Cronin - SACP Deputy Secretary General
Lumko Mtimde - CEO Media Diversity and Development Agency
Joe Thloloe - Pressombudsman
Thabo Leshilo - Chairman SANEF Media Freedom Committee & AVUSA Public Editor
Professor Anton Harber - Head Wits Journalism School


Professor Tawana Kupe - Dean of the Faculty of Humanities

Date: 23 August 2010
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm
Venue: Great Hall, Wits University, East Campus

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