South African Press Council gives green light to Pippa Green

Pippa Green, country’s new appointed press ombudsman.

The South African Press Council has announced 3 days ago that one of South Africa’s finest journalists Pippa Green will be appointed as the country’s new press ombudsman.

Green who began her career in the early 80s as a reporter for The Argus newspaper on trade union and anti-apartheid resistance movement in Cape Town.

She holds an MSc in journalism from New York’s Columbia University she has held senior editorial positions

in both print and broadcast media and has also worked as a trainer and part-time news editor for Eyewitness News and was a member of the SABC board between 2010 and 2013.

She replaces former press ombudsman Johan Retief who resigned last year for what he says are personal reasons after being in the offices for almost a decade.

This follows after Retief and the executive director of the Council Latiefa Mobara confirm later last year that he will leave office in January this year.

Green will take over the reins from the 1st of April this year and when speaking to SA FM Stephen Grootes she begun by appreciating Grootes kind words.

“There is a press code that involves fairness and fact checking as well as coverage that specifically involves sensitive news such as court cases” she said.

She also carried on to say journalist should be careful on their sources and their documents and the people who play journalists and newspaper with their Agendas.

Green (61) is expected to leave a Research Project on Employment, Income Distribution and Inclusive Growth that is based in the School of Economics at the Cape Town University.

She has been in the office 5 years and she is also an executive member of the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution CASAC.