First multicultural publication joins Press Council

Multicultural publications are responding to the Australian Press Council’s call for membership, with Filipino online publisher emanila joining the council last week, and more expected to follow.

Emanila produces online publications for the Australian Filipino community.

Council chairman Professor David Weisbrot announced last year the body was looking to engage with multicultural publications.

Prof Weisbrot first contacted Chinese publications because of his association with members of the community. Eventually, the council began to hear from publications in other communities, such as the Filipinos. Now the council is waiting for several formal applications from publishers in both groups.

The council also has been contacted informally by Polish, Greek, and Arabic language papers, which have shown an interest in the council and want to learn more.

The application from emanila was processed quickly because it publishes mostly in English, Professor Weisbrot said.

Publisher of the emanila websites Romeo Cayabyab was pleased to see the council seeking new members among the multicultural press.

“I see this as a clear indication that the press council recognises the importance of the multicultural press in Australia, and the need for these publications to strive for high standards and independence just like any other member of the council,” he said.

The council also welcomed two other members – Schwartz Media, which publishes The Saturday Paper, a weekly newspaper, and The Monthly magazine; and The Bushland Shire Telegraph Pty, which publishes a weekly community newspaper for the Hawkesbury area of NSW.

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