Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Ontario Press Council to hold public hearings on Rob Ford coverage

A complaint against a Toronto Star story that alleged Mayor Rob Ford was videotaped smoking crack cocaine will be the subject of a public hearing next month, the Ontario Press Council announced Monday.
In addition, the council will also look at a separate complaint against the Globe and Mail related to an article it wrote about the alleged drug dealings of Ford's brother, Coun. Doug Ford.
The decision to hold the public hearings follows a deluge of complaints against the newspapers over their coverage of the Fords.
The two complaints will serve as representative of the 41 received by the independent press council — six of which were in writing, the rest by phone.
"The council has determined that the issue to be addressed in each of the two hearings is whether the newspaper has engaged in irresponsible, unethical investigative reporting," council executive director Don McCurdy said in a statement.
According to Wikipedia, the Ontario Press Council is a voluntary media adjudication body which investigates complaints about newspapers in Ontario. The council was founded in 1972. In July 2011, Sun media withdrew 27 of its titles from the Ontario Press Council citing concerns over 'political correctness', leaving the council with  10 daily newspapers and 191 community newspapers.
The Council does not appear to have a web page.

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