South Africa has a new press ombudsman, Pippa Green.
Green begins April 1, the Mail & Guardian reported. iMediaEthics has tweeted to Green for more information.
“I am also humbled and quite overwhelmed by the support I have received, particularly from journalists and members of the media,” Green told the Mail & Guardian.
Late last year, iMediaEthics reported on the search for South Africa’s new press ombudsman. Johan Retief, who had filled the ombudsman or deputy ombudsman roles since 2009, left the position for personal reasons, he told iMediaEthics.
“If my successor wants to be popular, she/he is in the wrong job,” Retief told iMediaEthics at the time. “Media ethics have more than 50 shades of grey, and one constantly needs to balance arguments up against each other. In the end, the ombud should protect the public from the media (if a complaint is valid), and the media from the public (if a complaint is invalid). And: Be brave, but never think you know it all – keep on learning.”
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