The establishment of the Press Council of Ireland on January 1 2008 was one of the most positive developments in the history of Ireland's newspapers and magazines.
The objectives of the Press Council are:
- To provide the public with an independent forum for resolving complaints about the press.
- To resolve all complaints quickly, fairly and free of charge.
- To defend the freedom of the press and the freedom of the public to be informed.
Independent press regulation is the most objective, credible and transparent form of press regulation. Both the Press Council and the Press Ombudsman are independent of government and, in operation, independent of the media. Independent press regulation works best because it operates with the cooperation of newspaper and magazine editors and journalists. By signing up to the Code of Practice, editors and journalists are promising to adhere to those journalistic principles.