Vet­eran news­man Lin­ing­ton dies

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VET­ERAN jour­nal­ist Ed Lin­ing­ton, South Africa’s Press Ombudsman for 10 years and ed­i­tor of the Sapa news agency for two decades be­fore that, died in Joburg on Fri­day at the age of 88, af­ter a short ill­ness.

Born the son of a cir­cuit mag­is­trate in the then North­ern Transvaal, Lin­ing­ton es­tab­lished him­self as a top hard news, wire agency jour­nal­ist, work­ing also for Reuters in var­i­ous parts of Africa, and as Sapa’s Lon­don Ed­i­tor be­fore be­ing ap­pointed ed­i­tor of the news agency in Joburg in 1972.

He re­tired from Sapa in 1992 and in 1997 took up what he joked was a “part-time” job as the South African Press Coun­cil’s press ombudsman.

It turned out to be a full-time job and he re­tired for a sec­ond time in 2007 when the press ombudsman’s func­tion was re­struc­tured via a re­vamped press code un­der the lead­er­ship of Joe Thloloe.

His funeral will be held at St Michael’s Angli­can church in Bryanston on Fri­day. – Staff Re­porter

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