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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.

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TORONTO (23 September) —  John Fraser, President and CEO of the National NewsMedia Council of Canada (NNC), announced today that Shelley Chrest of Victoria, B.C., the former director and chair of the British Columbia Press Council, and an inaugural vice chair of the NNC, has succeeded the Hon. Frances Lankin as Chair of the year-old council. Ms. Lankin was named to the Senate of Canada earlier this year. At that time she announced she would step down from her formative … read more

The next meeting of the National NewsMedia council will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 9:30 am EDT, in Toronto. Please find below the meeting’s agenda and other documents that will be discussed.  Meeting agenda  Minutes from previous meeting  Financial reports  Nominations Committee report  Bylaws for approval  Governance Policy Manual  Draft agenda for December 2016 AGM  Updated complaints report

Adjudication 1672: Wade Laube/The Australian 22 Jul 2016 The Press Council considered a complaint by Wade Laube, on behalf of Senator Sean Edwards, about an article published by The Australian on 13 March 2015. The article was headed “Nukes never free, senator told” in print and “Nuclear energy never free, senator Sean Edwards told” online. It followed an announcement by the Senator on 12 March that urged governments to investigate the importation and recycling of spent nuclear fuel. The article … read more