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APC signs first multicultural publisher as member of Press Council

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 10.46.39 amAn online publisher serving Australia’s Filipino community has joined the Australian Press Council to be the first multicultural publisher to sign on since the industry regulatory body began targeting the multicultural press at the end of last year.

Saturday Paper Schwartz Media, which publishes weekly newspaper The Saturday Paper and The Monthly magazine, also joined the APC alongside The Bushland Shire Telegraph Pty, publisher of a weekly community newspaper circulating in the Hawkesbury area of NSW, and Emanila Pty Lts, a group of online-only publications serving Australia’s Filipino community.

In August 2015, chair of the Press Council, Prof David Weisbrot pledged to broaden the council’s membership, looking to engage with the multicultural press before specifically targeting Chinese community newspapers.

To date no Chinese community newspaper has signed on as a member, with Emanila the first multicultural publisher to join the APC.

Romeo Cayabyab, publisher of the Emanila websites, said the Press Council should be applauded for seeking out new members among the multicultural press.

“I see this as a clear indication that the Press Council recognises the importance of the multicultural press in Australia and the need for these publications to strive for high standards and independence, just like any other member of the Council.”

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APC chairman, Professor David Weisbrot.

Professor Weisbrot said via statement: “I’m delighted with the diversity of this latest group of new members. One is a well-known and highly-respected publisher of long-form journalism, another is a small paper that has been a very important part of its community for 30 years, and we are especially pleased to be able to embrace one of Australia’s increasingly-important multicultural publications.

“What unites these three publications and all of the Press Council’s member publications, is a genuine commitment to excellence and social responsibility.”

Miranda Ward

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