The New Zealand Press Council is the non-governmental body that regulates the print media. The council was established in 1972 by newspaper publishers and journalists as an independent body to resolve public complaints against the press and promote the freedom of the press. The Press Council has an independent chair – in 2012 Barry Paterson, a retired High Court judge (back row, second from left). It includes two representatives from the Newspaper Publishers' Association and one from the Magazine Publishers' Association. Journalists are represented by two members appointed by the media division of the New Zealand Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union (EPMU). Five members representing the public are appointed by a panel that includes the chief ombudsman. The publication industry provides all the Press Council's funding.
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