Third Party Complaints to the Media Council
1. Under certain circumstances, complaints can be made in good faith by third parties not directly aggrieved, but who are acting on behalf of the complainant or an organization.
2. The signed consent of the complainant/organization is required and reasons must be given why they are unable to lodge the complaint themselves.
3. Examples where a third party complaint might be appropriate:
- the complainant has a writing or language difficulty
- the complainant is elderly or in poor health
- the complainant has moved overseas since the offending story/item was printed/broadcast/posted
- the complaint is being made by a parent/guardian on behalf of a child (under 16).
4. The Executive Officer will, as a rule, reject complaints from third parties which:
- Do not breach the Code of Practice
- Raise matters likely to lead to the further invasion of the privacy of those reported on
- Appear to reflect largely trivial, malicious or frivolous concerns
- Arise from a story/item that does not directly affect either the third party or the person/organization he/she is representing
- Are made outside of the 60-day time limit for print/web, 30 days for broadcast
- Relate to a story/item that was made public before the Media Council became active.
5. To make a third party complaint, you must complete this form: Third Party Complaint Form