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National NewsMedia Council, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada align to strengthen inter-cultural dialogue in Canadian media

TORONTO, September 5, 2017 – The National NewsMedia Council of Canada is excited to announce a new alliance with the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada.
This agreement will amplify the reach of both organizations on issues of shared concern, such as press freedom, multicultural representation in the media, news literacy, and journalism ethics.
“This landmark agreement provides the foundation for a more productive intercultural dialogue in Canadian media,” says John Fraser, President and CEO of the NNC.  “It recognizes the power journalism has to influence and effect significant social development.”
As part of the agreement, the NNC and the NEPC have agreed to act as ‘steering committees’ to help each other inform and resolve editorial complaints raised against members when issues of race or ethnicity are of central focus. In addition, the two organizations have agreed to collaborate on public outreach and research projects to act as a bridge between mainstream and multicultural media in Canada.
“This is the beginning of a new era for our organization and our members,” says Thomas Saras, President and CEO of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada. “Working with our brothers and sisters at the NNC and in the mainstream press will be extremely valuable in helping shed light on the ever-changing experiences of ethnic Canadians.”     


The NNC was established in September 2015 as a voluntary self-regulatory body dealing with issues of journalistic standards and ethics. The NNC is the successor organization to the former Ontario Press Council, Manitoba Press Council, BC Press Council and Atlantic Press Council. It has over 800 members representing daily and community newspapers, magazines and digital news platforms in every province in the country.


The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and integrate the economic, social, and cultural interests of ethnic communities into the mainstream of Canadian society. Over the last twenty-six years, the NEP has built a strong membership that today stands at more than 800 titles.
SOURCE National NewsMedia Council of Canada   

For further information: Contact at NNC: Brent Jolly, Director of Communications and Community Manager, (OFFICE) 416 340 1981, Ext 2, MOBILE: 289-387-3179, bjolly@mediacouncil.ca, Twitter: @CANMediaCouncil.