Shelley Chrest succeeds Frances Lankin as NNC Chair

Shelley Chrest succeeds Frances Lankin as NNC Chair

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

Notice of upcoming meeting

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

Australian Press Council upholds complaint over implied direct rebuttal

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

Truth and accuracy are top complaints to Irish Press Council

(Credit: Press Council of Ireland) Almost 50% of the 278 complaints to the Irish Press Council in 2015 were over truth and accuracy, Ireland’s press ombudsman revealed, according to the Irish Times. Nearly a quarter of complaints focused on privacy. The ombudsman’s report was released in late May, noting the council’s ninth year in existence. “The critical functions of the Press Ombudsman’s Office and the Press Council is to offer an independent complaints handling service,” the statement from press ombudsman Peter Feeney says. “I have ... read more

National NewsMedia Council is moving

The National NewsMedia Council office is moving. We will continue to share space with Newspapers Canada (CCNA and CNA), but effective July 1, 2016, our new office address will be: National News Media Council 37 Front Street East, Suite 200 Toronto, Ontario  M5E 1B3 Our telephone number remains unchanged:  416-340-1981 or 1-844-877-1163 Our email address is also unchanged.

Canada Post ordered to stop delivering controversial Your Ward News

By Emmett Shane, CBC News – The federal government has ordered Canada Post to stop delivering Your Ward News, a low-budget, free newspaper that has offended homeowners in Toronto’s east end and beyond. The newspaper, which is the brainchild of editor-in-chief James Sears, has been labelled anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi by several groups who have campaigned for years to get Canada Post to cease distributing it. They got their wish Monday when the minister responsible for Canada Post, Judy Foote, issued ... read more

Court makes award in 2008 defamation case

Bill Graveland Calgary — The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, Jun. 08, 2016 1:31PM EDT Last updated Wednesday, Jun. 08, 2016 8:40PM EDT Former television war correspondent Arthur Kent choked back tears Wednesday after winning an eight-year-old lawsuit against one of Canada’s largest media companies over a column that called him “Dud Scud.” A judge ruled that Postmedia and its former columnist Don Martin defamed Kent while he was running for a seat in the Alberta legislature in 2008. “I’m feeling ... read more

World Press Freedom Day, May 3

World Press Freedom Day, May 3

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

Australian Press Council 40th Anniversary

Australian Press Council 40th Anniversary

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

World Press Freedom event examines Freedom of Information

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