Release date: 26 October 2016
The Chartered Institute of Journalists says the recognition, by a state funded body, of new press regulator IMPRESS risks placing a confusing and intolerable burden on British journalism.
Only one body has applied for recognition to the Press Recognition Panel. That is IMPRESS, a body largely funded by a family trust linked to media victim campaigner Max Mosley.
The industry funded regulator IPSO has made no effort to acquire recognition by the government sponsored Panel. It believes the Press in an open and democratic society should be completely free of government influence.
The Chartered Institute of Journalists, the world’s longest established organisation for professional journalists, is of the same view. IPSO should be given more time to build trust and effectiveness and secure the membership of all mainstream newspaper publishers including the Guardian/Observer, Financial Times, Standard and Independent online.
The Institute also argues that punishing publishers for not joining IMPRESS with the threat of punitive damages in media law disputes is discriminatory, and a breach of Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Institute President Mark Croucher said: “The government continues to dangle the threat of implementing a further draconian costs burden for any publisher whether they win or lose a media legal action. That’s creating another chilling effect and adding to the authoritarian climate for British journalism.
“Meanwhile, several millions of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been spent on the Leveson Inquiry that prompted the government to create the Press Recognition Panel. Is the government really getting value for money by spending millions on the regulation of a small number of local online micro-publishers? ”