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Title:The South African Press and the Steyn Report: A Critical Appraisal
Author:Stewart, Gavin
Periodical:South Africa International
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:media policy
mass communication
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Abstract:The 'Supplementary report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Mass Media: proposed legislation' was released with the three main volumes of the Steyn Report on 1 February 1982. This article reviews the mandate given to the commission, examines some of its premises, takes a few examples of language, and then turns to some of the conclusions and proposals. It shows that at the level of its premises, its reasoning, its language and its conclusions, the report is seriously flawed. The transgressions of which it accuses the media are as evident in the construction of the report as they are in the examples it provides. Notes.