International Press Councils

Europe Press Council: Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE)


World Association of Press Councils (WAPC) 

[Operation unconfirmed]

Mr the Honourable Justice P.B. Sawant (Chair); R. Gunasingam (Executive secretary)

P.O. Box 2

Jalan Kelang Lama

58700 Kuala Lumpur


Tel: NA

Fax: 60 3 575 61 49


 Réseau des instances africaines d'autorégulation des médias (RIAAM)

Mr Zio Moussa (Contact)

(P.O. Box) 01 BP 1807

1807 Abidjan 01

Côte d'Ivoire

Tel: (255) 05 05 96 13

Fax: (225) 20 37 25 45 & 20 21 61 07


Eastern Caribbean Press Council (ECPC)

Mr Harold Hoyt (Chair); Ainsley Sahai (Executive Officer)

P.O. Box 1203



Tel: (246) 430 5596

Fax: (246) 427 6968


The Eastern Caribbean Press Council (ECPC) is a body created by a group of newspapers in the Eastern Caribbean (Anguilla, Antigua, Barbados, British Virgin lslands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent) for a common goal:

  • To practice self-regulation and thereby curb excesses in the Press;
  • To observe high ethical standards and take the benchmark of journalism to a higher level.

These newspapers have agreed to the appointment of a seven-member council which will investigate complaints against the Press. The reader will therefore have an avenue for redress of any breach of the Code of Practice for Caribbean Journalists. The code was developed by Caribbean editors and publishers.

The nature of complaints involves such matters as alleged bias, dishonesty, distortion and falsification. These are mainly in news stories.

The Codes of Practice of various councils require publications to exercise care not to publish inaccurate. misleading or distorted information. Where the Council believes such information has been published, the code requires editors to correct it promptly. Also apologies should be published where appropriate.

The ECPC is an independent and professional body with a grave responsibility to help both the public and the media and also to bring about a harmonious relationship between these two parties. ??All complaints must be made in writing and must be signed by the complainant with relevant information like address, telephone, fax number or e-mail address. This is recommended because it presents a permanent record of the complaint and the nature of it. It reduces the incidence of changing the complaint, thereby eliminating frivolous complaints, irrelevant complaints or groundless complaints. Only in exceptional cases will complaints be entertained verbally.

Last Update - Aug 2006