The Alberta Press Council was established in 1972, and was the first such body in Canada. Consisting of members from the public and the press, the Council’s mandate is:
to hear and mediate complaints brought against member newspapers
to defend the established freedoms of the press, and
to protect against limitations on access to public information
The Council does not monitor its print media members. It is presumed that the member newspapers are responsible bodies with their own codes of practice. The Council may not tell any newspaper what it may or may not publish. To do so would be to infringe upon the established freedoms of the press.