Privacy and Press Freedom of Ireland
Analyse the role and the functions of ne new Press Ombudsman and Press Council in relation to privacy, analysing the potential strengths or weaknesses of this new approach
Term Paper 2012 8 Pages
1 THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A NEW SYSTEM
2 HOW THE PRESS COUNCIL AND PRESS OMBUDSMAN WORKS
3 STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES OF THE NEW INSTITUTIONS
4 IS THE NEW SYSTEM PROFITABLE?
1 The Establishment of a new System
For Irland's history of newspapers and magazines the year 2008 will always remain a milestone. On January 1st the so-called Press Council and Press Ombudsman was inserted. This establishment stands for a very important development for the press industry. Acting Press Ombudsman is Professor John Horgan, who was elected on 14 August 2007 by the Press Council. Having a background in Journalism and Politics as Professor ofJournalism at Dublin City University and being a member ofthe Irish Parliament he is now operating with the responsibility in the first press appeal mechanism that is free from the outside in the history ifIreland. (Press Council of Ireland, 17.11.2011, paragraph 3)
Whether this establishment brings advantages or disadvantages for both the people and the media is a quite interesting question. In the following I will mostly elucidate the Press Council in relation to privacy. For this purpose I am going to discuss the possible strengths or weaknesses of this new appendage.
2 How the Press Council and Press Ombudsman works
For a better understanding of possible strengths and weaknesses you have to know exactly how the system of Press Council and Press Ombudsman works. In this system the Press Council elects the Press Ombudsman. The main task of the institution is regulating the press. That means to guarantee a certain amount of ethical standards and methods of operation. The guiding principles of the Press Ombudsman and Press Council contain issues like protecting both the freedom of the press and freedom of the public, to obtain information. Moreover they want to guarantee the greatest level of quality of journalistic ethics and Irish Journalism. Another characteristic of this Institution is to work quickly, fair, and free of cost. Concluding, the Press Council and Press Ombudsman arrange a forum for the public, which is free from outside control, to clarify their complaints. (Press Council ofIreland, 2007, Page 1)