Zviedrijas Preses Padomes harta
Charter of the Press Council
The Council shall review such cases relating to all periodicals which, by subscription, by sale of single copies or by other means, are available to the public.
The Council shall also review cases concerning Internet publications with the following limitations:
a) The review applies to Internet publications by companies represented in the Joint Committee of Press Associations.
b) The review applies to such Internet publications that constitute supplements to periodicals as defined in the Freedom of the Press Act 1:7 or which are referred to in the Freedom of Speech Act 1:9 and produced by the editorial staff of a printed periodical or by a company belonging to a corporation that also publishes periodicals.
Applications may be submitted by individuals. Applications from companies, organizations or public authorities should as a rule be considered only regarding correction of facts or reply to an allegation.
The Council may also discontinue the review of a case even when the review procedure is already under way.
To perform investigations of a general kind is not part of the duties of the Council.
The Council shall be divided into two groups, each group consisting of a chairman or vice-chairman and seven ordinary members. With due observance of the provisions of the first paragraph of section 8 herein, the placing of the members in the two groups shall be decided for six months at a time by the drawing of lots. The groups are equally qualified to consider the cases handled by the Council.
Fourteen deputy members shall be appointed to replace any ordinary member appointed similarly to the deputy in the event that the ordinary member is unable to attend.
The Chief Parliamentary Ombudsman and the chairman of the Swedish Bar Association shall jointly appoint six members and six deputy members, who shall be respected citizens with wide experience of national affairs. They must not be dependent on any newspaper company or press organization.
The term of office, which is two years, shall commence on July 1. Appointment of members of the Council should be performed at least two months before the beginning of the term of office. Nobody may be elected member or deputy member of the Council for a total term of office of more than six years.
The chairman and vice-chairmen should be jurists with experience of service as regular court judges. They are appointed by the Joint Committee of Press Associations for a term of office of two years. The chairman and vice-chairmen of the Council should be consulted when new appointments to the chair are made. Nobody may be appointed chairman or vice-chairman of the Council for a total term of office for more than eight years.
Each of the four organizations appointing members of the Council may if necessary appoint temporary replacements. The acting chairman has the same authority regarding the other members.
The Council shall also be entitled to reach a decision when, in addition to the chairman or a deputy chairman, a total of five members or deputy members, of which no less than two should be appointed in the manner prescribed in Section 6, paragraph 2, are present.
If deemed suitable, cases of principal significance may be referred for decision by all the chairmen and members or deputy members of the Council.
The Council should strive for unanimous decisions. Should there be a difference of opinion, the dissenting opinion should be filed with the Council's decision. In the event of a difference of opinion, the chairman may attempt to achieve unanimity by adjourning further consideration of the case.
A deputy shall be entitled to take part in the Council's deliberations but not in the voting unless he is replacing a regular Council member.
Circulation, weekdays Kronor
Up to 10 000 copies 10 000:-
Over 10 000 copies 25 000:-
When an Internet publication is censured the fee charged shall be based on the circulation of the printed publication published by the company in question. The fee shall be adjusted annually in accordance with the consumer price index (CPI) where October 2001 = 100.
The chairman of the Council shall inform the Press Ombudsman of the work of the Council on a regular basis.
If legal proceedings under the Freedom of the Press Act or the Freedom of Speech Act regarding a matter referred to the Council have begun or have already been completed, the Council should particularly consider whether it is necessary to review the case also from an ethical point of view, keeping in mind that journalistic ethics under no circumstances may obstruct the exercise of freedom of the press.