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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 Press Council is also the principal body with responsibility for responding to complaints about Australian newspapers, magazines and associated digital outlets.
Statements from the Chair
Professor David Weisbrot has issued statements on the planned sell-off of ASIC corporate registers, the need for a Facebook editorial policy and handling of complaints about The Australian's Bill Leak cartoon.
Release of 2016-2020 Strategic Plan
The Press Council has completed a Strategic Plan for the next five years, outlining its key objectives and the strategies for meeting them. Click here for more details and to download a copy of the document.
Latest adjudications concern reporting in the Newcastle Herald about local disability services and on news.com.au reporting of the death of a woman on a northern NSW beach, as well as the Southern Courier coverage of controversy over the grave of a prominent Aboriginal figure.