Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Complaints to the Australian Press Council 2007-2008

There is one thing that I can say of Australians after reading the Australian Press Council's complaints figures for the last financial year and factoring in how general readership has grown with the Internet - we are not a nation of wingers.

The rate of formal complaints received by the Press Council has fallen from 7,424 in 1988/89 to 457 in 2007/08, with complaints against regional/rural newspapers and other publications totalling 105 in this last reckoning.

Out of the 35 complaint adjudications only 18 were entirely dismissed and rather oddly 106 complaints received were withdrawn after further correspondence with the Press Council.

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