Veteran journalist Joe Thloloe has been appointed the new press ombudsman, reports M&G online.

The announcement was made in Johannesburg on Friday at the first meeting of the Press Council, set up to administer the office of the ombudsman and appeal panel.

Thloloe, a journalist since 1961, is a former editor-in-chief of the South African Broadcasting Corporation television news and was awarded the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University in 1998.

He also served on the Human Rights Commission that investigated racism in the media and previously worked at the World, the Rand Daily Mail, Golden City Post and Drum magazine.

He has won awards for courage and integrity in journalism.

The new press council includes five public representatives who will serve with six press members who represent all levels of the print news industry.

The council's objectives include promoting adherence to high standards of newspaper reporting and comment through self-regulation by the ombudsman and appeal panel.

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