Tallinn, Nov 17, 2005. The Estonian Press
Council elected journalist Tarmu Tammerk as its new chairman.
Tammerk has been a member of the self-regulatory
body for media complaints for three years.
The new chairman was elected
by way of rotation, as the term of office of former chair,
editor-in-chief of Tiina Kaalep of Eesti Ekspress weekly, expired.
"The Estonian Press Council
has by all means justified its existence," Tammerk said. "It is a
viable body of self-regulation which has earned credibility both among
news organisations and the general public."
But Tammerk said further
activity was needed to raise general awareness of the press council
and to promote good journalistic practice.
For the past 15 years, Tammerk
has been working in newspapers, radio, news agencies and media NGOs.
Currently, he is correspondent in Estonia for Agence France-Presse and
hosts a weekly current affairs programme on Estonian Radio.
Tammerk was involved in
drafting the Estonian Code of Press Ethics in 1997 and creating the
self-regulatory body for the media. He is a trainer in media
self-regulation and access to public information both in Estonia and
Central and Eastern Europe.
The Estonian Press Council has
ten members, six from the media and four from the non-media sectors.
Members, who are appointed by the Estonian Newspaper Association,
serve a term of two years as a rule.
The Estonian Press Council is
a voluntary, non-statutory body for media self-regulation, which
handles complaints about material in the press, in public service
radio and television, and in Internet portals which have journalistic
In 2005, the Press
Council handled 42 complaints, plus mediated complaints, which did not
require an adjudication from the Press Council.
Further information: Tarmu
Tammerk, phone +372 50 15 880,
Estonian Press Council