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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.
The Council’s Standards of Practice are developed after consultation with the media industry and members of the broader community.
Council Chair calls for urgent defamation law reform
"If we are serious about free speech and freedom of the press, we must tackle defamation law reform as a high priority," David Weisbrot says. Read his media release. Listen to the Chair on Radio National.
Chinese delegation visits Press Council
A delegation of six senior Chinese journalists has visited the Council to obtain detailed information about the Press Council and its complaints and standards work. Read more.