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Estonia: Regulatory Authorities

Estonian Press Council

The Estonian Press Council was set up by the Estonian Newspaper Association in 1991. The model was taken from Finland and even the Estonian name Avaliku Sõna Nõukogu (word-by-word translation: The Council of Public Word) was borrowed from Finnish.

In April 1997, several media organizations decided to reorganize EPC on a wider basis, i.e. a non-profit organization was founded on the grounds of private agreement, made by the Newspaper Association, the Association of Broadcasters, the Journalists’ Union, the Union of Media Educators and the Consumers’ Union. Later, also the Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations, the Estonian Council of Churches and a NGO called Media Watch became the members of the non-profit organisation. The first two of the three subsequent joiners have discontinued their membership.

EPC participated in creating the national Code of Ethics. The Code was introduced in December 1997 by the Estonian Newspaper Association, the Association of Estonian Broadcasters and EPC. Before that adjudications were made on the basis of international professional tradition and the best knowledge of the members of EPC. At present, the Code provides a basis for assessing the cases. But as it does not cover all possible cases, EPC refers to the body of cases already considered.

EPC is mainly financed by the membership fees. Some projects have been financed by foundations and the state. The NGO employs a part-time assistant, the members attend on a voluntary basis.

Estonian Press Council
P.O. box 1228, Äriklienditeenindus, 11402 Tallinn, Estonia
Telphone (+372) 5300 5847
E-mail: asn@asn.org.ee

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The research leading to this website has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement No. 244147.