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Press Council has not dismissed Communications Department complaint against Sunday Times

The Press Ombudsman has denied allegations made by the National Department of Communications that the Press Council formally dismissed its complaint against Sunday Times editor Phylicia Oppelt.

In a South African Press Association’s (SAPA) report published on News24 this morning, communications spokesperson Wisani Ngobeni reportedly claimed that the Press Council had turned away the department’s complaint against Oppelt.

Transparency a no-go for the Sunday Times

More than a month ago, I submitted my first Promotion of Access to Information (PAI) Act application to make public the 2008 Sunday Times report by the Harber commission. On 3 May, World Press Freedom day, Avusa informed me my application had been denied. While I was not surprised, I remain puzzled. I personally delivered the application to… Read More ›

What happens when you Paia South Africa’s biggest newspaper?

It was just past midday on a Friday 1 April when I saw the suit-clad security guard. I told him who I was there to see. “Where are you from?” he asked. I could have done without the sneer, I thought. “I am here in my private capacity,” I told the guard. “I have to… Read More ›

Additional resources for my Avusa story

I have here uploaded additional research documents that I have found in the course of researching my Avusa story that may be interest to some: Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 Avusa Media Pledge

Avusa refuses access to 2008 Sunday Times report

So. On May 3, on World Press Freedom Day and 20 years on from the Windhoek Declaration, the editor-in-chief of Avusa refused to grant me access to information. Specifically, he has refused to grant my access to information application, where I requested access to a 2008 report about apparent gate-keeping failures at the Sunday Times,… Read More ›