Chairman of Press Council of Ireland welcomes Order giving full status to Press Council

Friday, 23rd April 2010
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The Chairman of the Press Council of Ireland, Professor Thomas Mitchell, today (Friday 23 April) warmly welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform that he had signed the Order conferring statutory recognition on the Council.

“This development will strengthen the Council’s capacity to work effectively, and will allow the press industry to participate fully without fear of legal risk,” commented Professor Thomas Mitchell. “Formal recognition of the Council should serve to encourage more newspapers and publications to become member publications of the Council, leading to wider adherence to its Code of Practice.”

The Press Council of Ireland, established in 2007 to provide independent regulation of the print media, oversees the Principles embodied in the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines. Currently over 200 titles subscribe to the Code through their membership of the Council.