Links - Regulators, regulations and codes

The following are some links to organisations which have useful information on media regulation and codes of conduct/practice. These are some the editors of The News Manual know something about, though we do not specifically endorse any. Where text appears in quotes it is usually taken from their website itself. We show the actual URL so you know exactly where the link will take you.



Australian Press Council Incorporated: "The self-regulatory body of the print media ... to help preserve the traditional freedom of the press within Australia and ensure that the free press acts responsibly and ethically. The objects of the Australian Press Council are to promote freedom of speech through responsible and independent print media, and adherence to high journalistic and editorial standards." Based in Sydney.

New Zealand Press Council: "The New Zealand Press Council was established by newspaper publishers and journalists to provide the public with an independent forum for resolution of complaints against the press. ... Promotion of freedom of the press and maintenance of the press in accordance with the highest professional standards rank equally with that first Objective." Based in Wellington.

Press Complaints Commission (PCC): "An independent body which deals with complaints from members of the public about the editorial content of [British] newspapers and magazines. All complaints are investigated under the editors' Code of Practice, which binds all national and regional newspapers and magazines." Based in London.

Press Council of India: "A statutory, quasi judicial body which acts as a watchdog of the press. It adjudicates the complaints against and by the press for violation of ethics and for violation of the freedom of the press respectively." Based in New Delhi.


Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA): A statutory authority within the federal government responsible for the regulation of broadcasting, the Internet, radiocommunications and telecommunications. Based in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). "An independent agency responsible for regulating Canada's broadcasting and telecommunications systems." Based in Ontario and Quebec.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC): "An independent United States government agency ... charged with regulating interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable." Based in Washington, DC.

Ofcom (Office of Communication): "Ofcom is the regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services." Based in London.

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