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The Australian Press Council was established in 1976 and is responsible for promoting good standards of media practice, community access to information of public interest, and freedom of expression through the media.
The Council is also the principal body with responsibility for responding to complaints about Australian newspapers, magazines and associated digital outlets.
Proposed surveillance law a 'threat to press freedom'
The new Chair of the Council, Prof David Weisbrot AM, warns that a proposed metadata retention law threatens freedom of the press and investigative journalism. Media release. Watch an interview.
Council farewells former Chair
The Council has expressed deep appreciation for the outstanding contribution made by the former Chair, Prof Julian Disney AO, in strengthening the organisation’s effectiveness. Watch his Press Club speech.