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What is the Press Council?


The Press Council is established pursuant to the Danish Media Liability Act. The Press Council is an independent, public tribunal which deals with complaints about the mass media.


Who can lodge a complaint to the Council?

People, companies, associations etc. who think they have been denounced by the media and if they have got a cause of action.


Which kind of media can you lodge a complaint against?

Newspapers, daily papers, weekly magazines, local papers, professional papers and other national, periodical publications which are published at least twice a year.

Danmarks Radio (Danish Broadcasting Corporation), TV2, TV2’s regional enterprises, and undertakings authorized in Denmark to broadcast radio or television programmes.

Some electronic informationsystems, especially news agencies, telephone papers and talking papers which are registered with the Press Council.


In what kind of cases can you lodge a complaint?

The Press Council can rule in cases relating to whether the publication made is contrary to sound press ethics and whether a mass media shall be under an obligation to publish a reply.


Sound press ethics:

According to the Media Liability Act both the content and the conduct of the mass media must be in conformity with sound press ethics. The act does not give a complete description of sound press ethics. However, "sound press ethics" is interpreted in the light of the Press Ethical Rules of guidance. Thus the Press Council assesses the circumstances in every single case.



Reply means that the complainant gets the opportunity to correct the information published by the media. You can only request a reply if the following conditions are fulfilled:

- the information published must be of a factual nature

- the information must be incorrect

- the information must be able to cause significant
financial or other kind of damage

- the content of the reply must be limited to the necessary
factual information and must not be unlawful.


How do you lodge a complaint?


Sound press ethics:

You can either complain to the media in question or directly to the Press Council. However, complaints concerning DR, TV2 or TV2’s regional enterprises must always be lodged with these establishments in the first place.

The notice of complaint is twelve weeks after publication.

The decision of the undertakings must be brought before the Press Council within 12 weeks after the plaintiff has been apprised thereof.



Requests for reply must first be submitted in writing to the editor.

The notice of complaint is twelve weeks after publication.

The mass media concerned may require the complainant to draw up the reply.

If the media rejects to publish the reply or if the reply published is inadequate a complaint may be brought before the Press Council within 12 weeks after receipt of the rejection or within 12 weeks after the publication of the reply.


What can the Press Council do about a complaint?

The Press Council cannot impose a sentence on the mass media or assure the complainant financial compensation.

In cases concerning sound press ethics the Press Council can express its criticism. In cases about reply the Council may direct the editor of the mass media in question to publish a reply.

In both types of cases the Council may direct the editor to publish the decision of the Council to an extent specified by the Council.


Further information

The Press Ethical Rules in English

If you are interested in:

  • an English version of the Media Liability Act
  • or other information

please contact:

Adelgade 11-13, 4.

1304 Copenhagen K 
Telephone: (45) 33 15 55 64
Telefax: (45) 33 15 84 64

The opening hours of the secretariat are Monday till Thursday 9-15 and Friday 9-14.


Adelgade 11-13, 4.   •   1304 København K   •   Tlf. 33 15 55 64   •   e-mail: sekr(at)
Adelgade 11-13, 4. • 1304 København K • Tlf. 33 15 55 64 • e-mail: sekr(at)