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The Council

Constitution and structure

Constitution

  • One board of directors made up of 22 members—eight public members, including the President, seven members from media organizations; and seven journalist members
  • One administrative office, made up of six members of the Board of Directors.

The 22 members sit on the Board of Directors in an individual capacity. They each serve for a two-year term and may be reappointed for up to two further terms.

Appointment of members

  • The journalist members are appointed at the general assembly of the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec.
  • The members from media organizations are appointed by:
  • Les membres des entreprises de presse sont désignés par :
    • L’Association des quotidiens du Québec
      • Les coops de l’information
        • Le Droit
        • Le Nouvelliste
        • Le Quotidien
        • Le Soleil
        • La Tribune
        • La Voix de l’Est
      • Le Devoir
      • La Presse
      • The Montreal Gazette
    • Radio-télédiffuseurs privés
      • Bell Média
      • Cogeco Média
    • Hebdos Québec
    • ICI Radio-Canada
    • Télé-Québec
    • Périodiques et agences de presse
      • Groupe Contex (Les Affaires)
      • L’actualité
      • La Presse canadienne
      • Urbania
  • The public members and the President are appointed by:
    • the Board of Directors, following a public call for nomination published in the written press
    • a tripartite selection committee that submits its own recommendation
    • Seven constituent associations and ten affiliated organizations are members of the Council. More information available in the Règlement no. 1

Members of the Board of Directors

PRESIDENT :

  • Pierre-Paul NOREAU, consultant en information (Québec)

FROM MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS :

  • Maxime BERTRAND, directrice aux relations citoyennes, Information, ICI Radio-Canada (Montréal)
  • Marie-Andrée CHOUINARD, rédactrice en chef, Amélioration continue, Le Devoir (Montréal)
  • Jeanne DOMPIERRE, rédactrice en chef, La Fabrique culturelle – Télé-Québec (Montréal)
  • Stéphan FRAPPIER, rédacteur en chef  Le Nouvelliste – Coopérative nationale de l’information indépendante (cn2i)
  • Éric GRENIER, rédacteur en chef adjoint, L’actualité (Montréal)
  • Jean-Philippe PINEAULT, directeur général, Information, Bell Média (Montréal)
  • Sylvain POISSON, directeur général, Hebdos Québec (Laval)

JOURNALISTS :

  • Simon CHABOT-BLAIN, La Presse (Montréal)
  • Denis COUTURE, Cogeco 98,5 FM (Montréal)
  • Lisa-Marie GERVAIS, Le Devoir (Montréal)
  • Mélissa GUILLEMETTE, Québec Science (Montréal)
  • Camille LOPEZ, journaliste indépendante (Montréal)
  • Madeleine ROY, Enquête, ICI Radio-Canada (Montréal)
  • Paule VERMOT-DESROCHES, Le Nouvelliste (Trois-Rivières)

FROM THE PUBLIC :

  • François AIRD, entrepreneur (Montréal)
  • Olivier GIRARDEAU, analyste expert, Autorité des marchés financiers (Montréal)
  • Renée LAMONTAGNE, professeure associée, École nationale d’administration publique (Québec)
  • Charles-Éric LAVERY, directeur du développement et de l’impact social, Groupe communautaire L’Itinéraire (Montréal)
  • Suzanne LEGAULT, avocate, expert-conseil en matière de droit à l’information et démocratie (Montréal)
  • Mathieu MONTÉGIANI, conseiller en marché public , Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor (Québec)
  • Richard NARDOZZA, consultant (Terrebonne)

Journalistic Ethics and Complaints Committee

Any individual who witnesses, or feels victimized as a result of, a breach of journalistic freedom or of journalistic duty to inform the public may, at no cost, file a complaint with the Press Council. The complaint may relate to inaccurate or unfair reporting, a conflict of interest or a case of censorship, or any other matter of concern.

The Journalistic Ethics and Complaints Committee handles the complaints. This tripartite committee, comprised of a rotating membership of eight members representing each area of the Press Council, is in place to review and adjudicate the complaints. Any decision rendered by the Council, except for those regarding the admissibility of a complaint, can be appealed with the Appeals Committee.

After examining the file, the Appeals Committee can confirm or rescind the entire decision, or any part of the decision, originally rendered by the Council, based on how it was examined and adjudicated by the Journalistic Ethics and Complaints Committee, and if it complies with the “Guide de déontologie journalistique du Conseil de presse du Québec” and the Council’s precedents.

Funding

The Council’s activities are funded by constituent media organizations (43%), the Fédération professionnelle des journalistes du Québec (2.5%), the Government of Quebec via the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications (46% non-recurring), the investment fund (8%) and special projects (0.5%). (Data from 2020).

Secretariat

The Council secretariat, located in Montreal, provides the Council with all the assistance it requires to fulfill its mandate.

The secretariat is under the direction of the Council’s Executive Secretary, Mrs Caroline Locher.