Simon Thibault, Colette Brin, and Pierre Trudel, Canada: Fragile Consolidation Efforts in Media Accountability

Media accountability in Canada is going through a phase of consolidation that remains fragile. The National NewsMedia Council (NNC) was created in 2015, replacing struggling provincial press councils. In Quebec, a smaller, geographically concentrated French-language media market, media accountability is a[TS1]  frequent topic of public debate. The Quebec Press Council reformed its structure in 2017 and it benefits from significant public funding. But the organization has lost members in recent years and it is dealing with a lawsuit from Québecor, a large media group. Outside established mechanisms, self-regulation within Canadian media outlets is modest with few ombudsmen and public editors. Some argue (Bernier, 2016) that citizens’ criticisms of news organizations on social media and other forums offer promising ways to hold the press to account in a digital world.

The Global Handbook of Media Accountability brings together leading scholars to de-Westernize the academic debate on media accountability and discuss different models of media self-regulation and newsroom transparency around the globe. With examination of the status quo of media accountability in 43 countries worldwide, it offers a theoretically informed comparative analysis of accountability regimes of different varieties. As such, it constitutes the first interdisciplinary academic framework comparing structures of media accountability across all continents and creates an invaluable basis for further research and policymaking. It will therefore appeal to scholars and students of media studies and journalism, mass communication, sociology, and political science, as well as policymakers and practitioners.

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