Having threatened to impose a statutory media appeals tribunal on South Africa - despite global condemnation and in the face of the Constitutional protection of a free media as President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation address - the chief complainant, the ANC, failed even to attend the first hearings of the Press Council on Thursday, 17 February 2011.
The first of the Press Council hearings was held at Wits University in Johannesburg on Thursday. This kicks off a nationwide series of hearings the South African Press Council is undergoing in response to the ANC's call for a statutory media appeals tribunal. Many are hoping this review process will nullify the calls for a tribunal from the ruling party.
...But the fact remains, that whether or not the Press Council aims to appease the ANC, it seems to have been pushed into the loser's corner by the ANC, even before it has thrown its first punch.
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