The Press Council of South Africa says the print media should continue to regulate itself while beefing up its oversight bodies and codes.
The Council points out that it has endorsed the system of media self-regulation and has proposed sweeping changes to the South African Press Code and the functioning of the office of the press ombudsman.
It was releasing a task team's report on its functioning and that of the office of the press ombudsman's after a year-long probe.
The report was commissioned amid complaints by the African National Congress about media coverage and proposals at its 2007 national conference to set up a media appeals tribunal to replace the existing self-regulation of the media.
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