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This week’s BIG move: New press ombud and two deputy press ombuds appointed
Carmel Rickard has been appointed the new press ombud, with Tyrone August and Herman Scholtz taking on the duties as deputy press ombuds.
The three part-time appointments were made from applications received by the independent appointments panel of the Press Council of South Africa, chaired by Justice Yvonne Mokgoro. They are part of a restructure of the Press Council’s system of mediation and arbitration of complaints aimed at providing increased capacity and efficiency. The new appointees will work alongside PCSA public advocate, Fanie Groenewald.
Rickard writes about the law, justice and human rights. She has an LLM in constitutional law, is a regular columnist for several publications, including Justice in Africa. She has experience as a radio journalist (for Capital Radio, the BBC’s Africa Service and others) but now works almost exclusively as a print and online writer.
August was editor of the Cape Times newspaper as well as editor of Leadership magazine. He was a founding member of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) and an executive member of the Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) and the Black Editors’ Forum (BEF). He was general secretary of both the Media Workers’ Association of South Africa (Mwasa) and the Association of Democratic…