SOUTH AFRICA’S PRINT MEDIA NOT TRANSFORMING, SAYS MINISTER

Twenty-two years into democracy, South Africa’s print media has not transformed and self-regulation within the industry is not working. This emerged at a Print Media Transformation Colloquium in Pretoria on Thursday.

The issue of transformation was high on the agenda on the first day of the colloquium

The issue of print media transformation can no longer be put on hold. Today’s colloquium is a chance for all of us to move this discussion forward. This colloquium will not only focus on the mechanisms of transformation, but also on issues of content and diversity, said Communications Minister Faith Muthambi.

Parliament has assigned this task to the Print and Digital Media Transformation Task Team (PDMTTT) established in 2013.

The task could not be completed as some media houses did not comply, but academics say there are laws dictating how the media should operate in the country.

Media expert Mthatha Tsedu said: The industry must abide by existing laws of this country, and it did not create new laws.

Delegates are debating issues pertaining to editorial independence and economic transformation.

Their deliberations will then be presented to Parliament.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK