Editorial policy

Although the Limpopo Mirror and Zoutpansberger have a strong local bias in the way in which news get handled and presented, we subscribe to the Press Code.

You can access the Press Code by clicking here: PRESS CODE

If you have any complaints regarding the content published on our website, visit the section dealing with the complaints procedure"



Copyright infringements

We don't appreciate it if anyone reproduces any of our material (which includes any of our photos). It may not be reproduced in any way and distributed.

We try to support a team of journalists, which includes many freelance correspondents, and the little bit of money we make goes back to maintaining a healthy newsroom. If people steal our content, it just makes it so much more difficult. Local journalism is under threat, and those 'copy and paste' criminals are destroying a necessary component of a democracy.

If you do want to use our copy, contact us and discuss it. We think of ourselves as very reasonable people, and we actually have a very soft spot for fellow local publishers. We may only request that you give credit to the publication and the journalist. But without our permission, you are not allowed to use our content.


Archived items are not removed

The Zoutpansberger does not remove content from its website after publication except in cases of severe ethical violations, such as if the story is found to be fabricated. Rather, stories with factual errors or needed clarifications will be corrected with a notice at the top detailing when the story was updated with corrections.

This policy is in place to avoid setting a precedent in which anyone who does not like something that was published can simply ask to have it taken down. The Zoutpansberger does not change history. If editors thought it was newsworthy enough to run in the paper or online, its value remains.


Right to be forgotten requests

The Zoutpansberger recognises that there are cases where search engines provide a skewed picture of history and reflect articles that are, in isolation, not a good indication of the character of an individual. Requests that such articles in our archives be marked not to be indexed by search engines, will be considered. When such requests are considered factors such as the time period that had elapsed, the incidents preceding the event and the nature of the article, will be considered.

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in November 2014, published guidelines as to how such requests should be handled in the EU. Criteria to be used include the following:

  1. Does the search result relate to a natural person – i.e. an individual? And does the search result come up against a search on the data subject’s name?
  2. Does the data subject play a role in public life? Is the data subject a public figure?
  3. Is the data subject a minor?
  4. Is the data accurate?
  5. Is the data relevant and not excessive?
  6. Is the information sensitive within the meaning of Article 8 of the Directive 95/46/EC?
  7. Is the data up to date? Is the data being made available for longer than is necessary for the purpose of the processing?
  8. Is the data processing causing prejudice to the data subject? Does the data have a disproportionately negative privacy impact on the data subject?
  9. Does the search result link to information that puts the data subject at risk?
  10. In what context was the information published?
  11. Was the original content published in the context of journalistic purposes?
  12. Does the publisher of the data have a legal power – or a legal obligation– to make the personal data publicly available?
  13. Does the data relate to a criminal offence?

A comprehensive interpretation of the ruling of the European Court can be found here:


While it is every individual’s right to submit a right-to-be-forgotten request to a search engine, the Zoutpansberger has a pre-emptive approach in that it will, in worthy cases, make efforts to indicate to search engines that such articles should not be indexed. It is important to take note of the fact that search engines are not obliged to contact website administrators when such requests for the removal of listings are received. The content, however, remains on the website and the prerogative to edit or remove such content remains that of the publisher.