Presentation on theme: "Raphael Cohen-Almagor The Work of the Press Councils in Britain, Canada, and Israel: Comparative Appraisal."— Presentation transcript:
Raphael Cohen-Almagor The Work of the Press Councils in Britain, Canada, and Israel: Comparative Appraisal
1953 - was founded the British Press Council. Its aims were: To preserve the freedom of the press; To guarantee the responsibility and objectivity of mass media; To improve efficiency of a profession
The main functions of the Press Council were: To deal with complaints of the public against the press; To deal with complaints of the press against any other body for their conduct against the press; To institute own investigation into some aspects of press behavior
Some reforms were carried out: The name of Council is changed: Press Complaints Commission The amount of its members is reduced (16 mans – 9 editors and 6 members of the public coming + chairperson)
Do you think the current system of self- regulation by the Press Complaints Commission is working?" 30% - the system was working 59 % - thought the system was not working 12 % - answeredDon't know
Would you be in favour or against the introduction of a law saving people the right to privacy?" 87 % were in favour 10 % were opposed 3 % answered "Don't know"
Canada The first to be established were the press councils in Windsor in 1971 in Alberta and Ontario in 1972. In 1973 the Quebec Press Council was formed. This process continued well into the 1980s Today we find provincial press councils in all provinces except Saskatchewan.
"Because in the modern era there are increasing points of friction between the need for freedom of the press and the public interests, the press realized that they should take it upon themselves to bridge the gap between them". Yitzhak Olshan
The Israel Press Council consists of: Press –30% Public representatives – 40 % Publishers and editors -30 % Sixty members sit in the plenary organ and ten in the presidency organ
The basic concepts of the Code of ethics: Decency Fairness Truth Objectivity Privacy