Press Release January 2, 2018
Challenging time for media: the way we communicate and consume information is changing
“The right to freedom of expression and of the press must be defended against encroachment from any quarter, public or private. Journalists must be alert to ensure that the public's business continues to be conducted in public.” – Statement of Principles of NEPMCC
As we enter 2019 members of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada will continue to respect the rights of people involved in the news and be accountable to the public for the fairness and reliability of reporting. This is in keeping with fairness enshrined in the organisation’s constitution. Among other things, NEPMCC will continue to respect each person's right to a fair trial. Sources of information will be identified, except when there is a clear and pressing reason to protect anonymity.
NEPMCC is well known for being truly representative of the cross-section of communities that make up this country which members have adopted as their new home. The council proudly acknowledges that representation in the various aspects of Canadian life whether at the community level, in business or at the political levels of operations.
Members of the NEPMCC are located throughout the country and can be contacted through the council’s website (ww.nepmcc.ca). The council is the only national organisation that represents the ethnic diversity of this country and it is an outstanding vehicle for business and governments to get their messages out to Canadians who do not normally feel comfortably perusing the pages of what has become known as the mainstream media outlets.
Despite financial and other challenges publishers and broadcasters carry out their duties faithfully from deadline to deadline. Through unyielding efforts of President Thomas Saras, NEPMCC members have a small benefit of HST relief for their committed efforts.
“Members of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada embody the ideal of the multicultural mosaic, speaking out from different points of view. Together, you create not an echo chamber, where we only hear voices similar to our own, but a productive, harmonious counterpoint that is intercultural dialogue,” Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell observed during a recently address to the group.
NEPMCC members are frequently reminded that they knit their communities together, connecting them to all Canadians. This action Ms Dowdeswell praised as “granting us a broader and deeper knowledge of each other’s cultures and stories.”
President Saras is anxiously awaiting the Government of Canada’s delivery on a promise of $50 million dollars for financial support to community publications over five years -- 10 million dollars per year. Members are being encouraged all to apply for funding under the Canada Periodical Fund and other programs as they become available through the Federal Government. Saras is anticipating a meeting with members of the Senate Committee on Telecommunications in Ottawa early in 2019 to discuss overall funding as well as distribution of advertising in ethnic media. According to NEPMCC President, changes are anticipated in funding rules for ethnic publications to receive grants under Canada Periodical Fund. More emphasis will be given to Canadian content and circulation rather than sales, which was the focus in previous years. Before submitting their application under the Canada Periodical Fund, he emphasizes that NEPMCC members should thoroughly go over all the rules in order to avoid rejection.
In an attempt to ensure ethnic community publications grow successfully with skilled personnel the President is proud about establishing a student internship program later this year with the Schools of journalism at educational institutions across Canada. The council and publications will participate in funding the programme, Saras explained. Internship will be from 3 to 6 months.
Last November, the Council recognized 48 member publications, radio and television producers of the diverse communities of our great country for their contributions to their respective communities. The 2018 Award Ceremony, held at the Toronto City Hall, and attended by Mayor of the City of Toronto John Tory and Councillor Jim Karygiannis; Senators Leo Housakos and Denise Batters; members of the House of Commons Marco Mendicino and Gary Anandasangaree, the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada Andrew Scheer; Members of the Ontario provincial parliament Aris Babikian from the PC; Sara Singh, Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition of Ontario NDP, and many other dignitaries, including Russian Consul General Kirill S. Mikhaylowas and representatives of Indonesia and Cyprus.
This was the 38th year that the organization acknowledged and celebrated the achievements of the ethnic communities of the Dominion of Canada. President Thomas Saras proudly recognized 48 member publications, radio and television producers and directors as well as 14 Artist and 14 community Leaders. The Lieutenant Governor highlighted three aspects of the ongoing importance the ethnic press continues to have for Canada. “First, Canadians are committed to good governance: Good governance is supported and driven by an engaged and informed population, served by media that is dedicated to the highest ideals of professional journalism,” she noted.
Admitting that Canada is an outward-looking country, she told the gathering of media practitioner: “Ties that you maintain and strengthen with other countries and wide diasporas help all Canadians understand how we can contribute to, and learn from, the world beyond our borders. And we are committed to social inclusion”.
For further information contact Thomas Saras, President, National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (416) 921 8926. Members of the NEPMCC are located throughout the country and can be contacted through the council’s website (www.nationalethnicpresscouncil.com)