Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Communications, Jack Chambers has welcomed the commitments contained within the Draft Programme for Government to support the future of public service journalism.

The Programme for Government which was published earlier this week commits to a number of new measures including placing all media within the remit of one government department, an expansion of the remit of the Public Service Broadcasting Commission to address issues of print, broadcast and online media, a review of defamation laws and additional supports for radio stations.

Deputy Chambers said: “Throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, I have been consistent in raising the serious issues which face public service journalism. I am satisfied that the Draft Programme for Government reflects a new direction in terms of the role that the State will take in supporting and maintaining it going forward.

“If enacted, this programme would see the artificial partitioning of media between online, print and broadcast ended and a recognition of the reality of modern journalism.

“It is particularly welcome that the future of print journalism is to be fully considered in the context of the wider media landscape in the future,” concluded Deputy Chambers.