New era for independent press regulation as IMPRESS is first to apply for recognition and announces first members

IMPRESS, the first independent press regulator, has announced that it has now submitted its application for recognition to the Press Recognition Panel (PRP).  Its application was submitted today, Wednesday 20th January 2016.  The recognition process is expected to last at least four months.

Also today IMPRESS has announced the first members to join the regulator including:

A Little Bit of Stone (Staffordshire)
Byline (London)
Caerphilly Observer (Wales)
New Internationalist (Oxford)
On The Wight (Isle of Wight)
Port Talbot Magnet (Wales)
Positive News (London)
Southport Reporter (Merseyside)
The Ferret (Scotland)
The Lincolnite (Lincolnshire)
View Digital (Northern Ireland)
Your Harlow (Essex)
Your Thurrock (Essex)

Walter Merricks, chairman of IMPRESS said: “This marks a new era for independent press regulation.  It is a significant moment for us and one which has taken a lot of hard work to achieve; we believe that we meet the requirements for recognition and we will now wait and see if the Panel accepts that we are independent and effective, properly funded and able to protect the public.

“We are proud to say that we have ten publishers from all over the UK who have signed up with us on this important day.  At least 30 other publishers have said they are interested in joining us, some of which we are still in discussions with and others who would prefer to join once we have been recognised.

“Whilst we will regulate these titles with fairness and vigour we will also support them in their desire to publish great journalism.  This is what makes IMPRESS distinctive.”

Rachel Howells from the Port Talbot Magnet said: “Independent regulation means we can continue carrying out robust journalism for the public good, and also enables us to be taken seriously by readers and the establishment. It is a demonstration of our ethical commitment to reporting sensitively and well.”

IMPRESS chairman, Walter Merricks will be giving the third in the series of lectures, entitled “The future of press regulation”, at the LSE media policy project on Wednesday 20 January at 6.30pm.