Press Council Appeals Ruling on HuffPost Blog

A controversial blog that HuffPost SA published in April, entitled "Could it be time to deny white men the franchise", cannot be seen as discriminatory or classified as hate speech, the appeals panel of the Press Council ruled on Tuesday.

Appeals panel chair Judge Bernard Ngoepe had been tasked with considering whether the Press Ombudsman ruled correctly that the blog had breached the press code of ethics and conduct for these reasons.

Ombudsman Johan Retief had said the blog violated numerous sections of the code, and had "contributed to the erosion of public trust in the media".

"I accept that the text itself did not directly propagate violence - but if the actions it advocates were ever put into practice, they might well lead to just that," he said at the time, when labelling the content of the blog as hate speech.

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