Press Ombudsman and Press Council Statistics on Complaints

The Press Ombudsman and the Press Council have a Code of Practice which sets out the standards for the Press in Ireland. Principle 8 is quoted below.

"Principle 8 − Prejudice

Newspapers and magazines shall not publish material intended or likely to cause grave offence or stir up hatred against an individual or group on the basis of their race, religion, nationality, colour, ethnic origin, membership of the travelling community, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, illness or age."

The Press Ombudsman and the Press Council publish yearly statistics stating the number and type of complaints received, and how they were processed. They also detail the Principles of the Code of Practice which complainants feel have been breached and the type of publications complained about. They do not provide a breakdown of how many complaints under Principle 8 are about racially offensive material.

Yearly Statistics on Complaints to the Press Ombudsman and Press Council