Press councils are voluntary groups supported by newspapers, which allow citizens to complain about coverage and if their view is upheld, get written retractions pointing out the flaws of the original story. Great idea, but if you don’t have Postmedia, the Sun chain and now Quebecor involved, don’t really count for much. They’ve never been extensively used, but at least they were there as an option to complain about newspaper coverage. If they’re gone, that’s one option less for the citizen to press for accurate coverage.
J-source, July 20 2010