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Who We Are

The National NewsMedia Council is a voluntary, self-regulatory body of the news media industry in Canada. It was established in 2015 with two main aims: to promote ethical practices within the news media industry and to serve as a forum for complaints against its members.

The Council represents the public and the media in matters concerning the democratic rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the media. The Council deals with matters concerning fairness of coverage, relevance, balance and accuracy. Learn more...

About Complaints

The Council’s approach to resolving complaints is designed to give the complainant and news organization involved an opportunity to settle to the complaint without necessarily proceeding to a formal hearing.

Latest News

World Press Freedom Day, May 3: Canada plummeted ten points in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index, a list that is compiled annually by Reporters Without Borders. The plunge, which takes our country out of the top ten and into a lackluster spot number 18, is attributable to lack of access to information imposed during “the dark days” of the Harper government. See: https://rsf.org/en/ranking. RSF says that worldwide, journalists face increasing violence targeted at the media, state control that threatens … read more

The Australian Press Council celebrated its four decades of serving both the public and the news media industry with a major international conference in Sydney between May 4-6. At 40, the APC is a model for the new National NewsMedia Council of Canada and its assistance in helping set up digital access to the NNC has been much appreciated. The NNC lags behind the APC in convincing digital media to take on responsibility for community standards and ethical journalism, but … read more

UNESCO’s flagship celebration of World Press Freedom Day (3 May) will take place in Helsinki, Finland, this year from 2 to 4 May. The agency says the overarching theme of the celebration is Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms. The event will focus on Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach, and Ensuring safety of journalists online and offline. In its news release, UNESCO says “freedom of information is a fundamental freedom and … read more