The Press Recognition Panel (“PRP”) has published its first “Annual Report on the Recognition System” [pdf]. It says that urgent action is required if the post Leveson system of independent self-regulation is to be given a chance to succeed.
The PRP notes that the recognition system is not yet in place as contemplated, because section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 has not been commenced and says that this should be done (Executive Summary, para 10).
It says that until the recognition system is fully in place it cannot judge its success or failure, pointing out that success would be “when all or most publishers were members of one or more recognised regulators” (Executive Summary, para 6)
The PRP goes on to say that
“it would be premature to introduce statutory regulation [of the press]. The recognition system must be established first and then properly tested” (Executive Summary, para 11).
However, it says that if it is decided that Section 40 should not be brought into effect then Parliament may want to consider what further action is required to bring about success of the kind contemplated by the Charter
The PRP is holding a webinar on 18 October 2016 (12.30pm-13.30pm) to present the report’s findings and answer any questions. Please register if you wish to take part in the event.