Enriching Newspaper Standards Within Alberta While Defending The Established Freedom of the Press.

What is the Alberta Press Council?

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.

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2016 Chair's Report

There are crossroads in life where choosing the direction to pursue is critical.”
Steven Redhead

 As in the year gone by, the Alberta Press Council continues to:

  • hear and mediate complaints brought against member newspapers,
  • defend the established freedoms of the press, and
  • protect against limitations on access to public information.

This year the Alberta Press Council received 13 complaints against member newspapers and held one hearing that was brought against a member paper.  The result of the decision can be found on the Alberta Press Council website at:


The results of this hearing demonstrates the importance of the organization and confirms the members' commitment to the mandate of the Alberta Press Council.  The Council continues to be a healthy, stable and relevant organization. However, this year (2017) we will focus on how best to ensure the continued well-being of the organization.

I would like to thank Colleen Wilson, Executive Director for all her guidance and hard work over the year.  I would also like to thank the Sponsoring Members and the Public Members who continue to choose what direction to pursue and ensure the Alberta Press Council remains a healthy organization.


Respectfully submitted,

Dr. Maggie Fulford, B.A. B.Sc. O.T. DC.
Chair and Public Member
May, 2017


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For More Information

Colleen Wilson,
Executive Director
Alberta Press Council
Telephone: 1-888-580-4104 or
(Alberta) 1-403-580-4104
Email: info@albertapresscouncil.ca

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