Newspaper Industry releases revised “Editors’ Code”, more comfort for tabloids, nothing for the public – Evan Harris

3 12 2015

PressA group made up mainly of newspaper editors has released a revised version of the press industry standards code which it instructs IPSO to administer and to “take active steps to ensure that publications” adhere to. Read the rest of this entry »





The Editor’s Code and the General Election – Brian Cathcart

6 05 2015

Editors Code BookIf you ever doubt that the people who run our corporate national press view the British public with contempt, take a look at Clause 1(iii) of their professional code of practice. Read the rest of this entry »





The PCC is still failing to hold newspapers accountable: the case of Dr Kate Stone – Evan Harris

14 05 2014

Kate StoneDr Kate Stone, a Cambridge academic, spoke on Channel 4 News on Saturday about how she had succeeded in getting no fewer than 6 national newspapers to correct a story, and that this was via a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).  Read the rest of this entry »





The Statistics the Press Complaints Commission Would Rather You Didn’t See – Brian Cathcart

4 02 2014

pccYou might think that any institution dedicated to upholding an industry’s code of practice would want to be clear how many times that code was broken and which companies were the most frequent offenders. Not the Press Complaints Commission (“PCC”). Read the rest of this entry »





The Editors’ Code Committee and the Leveson Recommendations: another case of dumb insolence

8 01 2014

CodeOfPracticeThe British press is very good at telling others how to organise their affairs.  It is not so good at putting its own house in order.  Our newspapers have a long and consistent record of evasion and inaction when it comes to dealing with its own deficiencies.  One interesting, and neglected example concerns the “Editors’ Code”.  This is the code of standards which the discredited Press Complaints Commission claims to enforce.  Read the rest of this entry »