Truly Independent and Accountable

For the second time this year, the Press Recognition Panel (PRP) has published information provided by IMPRESS about our  application to become the first press regulator to be recognised under the new Charter framework. IMPRESS welcomes the PRP’s commitment to openness and transparency.

In response to the second call for information, which closed today (2 June), the News Media Association (NMA) has made a submission to the PRP in which it repeats a number of assertions which IMPRESS has previously addressed.

The NMA acts as the secretariat to the Regulatory Funding Company (RFC), which funds and controls IPSO, the NMA’s favoured press regulator. The NMA has chosen not to declare this conflict of interest in either of its submissions to the PRP.

Walter Merricks CBE, Chair of IMPRESS, said: ‘It is regrettable that the trade body behind IPSO is trying to prevent competition from a truly independent and accountable press regulator. The NMA has repeated its claims that IMPRESS does not comply with the Royal Charter standards, even though IPSO has no intention of meeting those standards itself. By contrast, IMPRESS has set out to meet every one of the Charter criteria for independent regulation. As a result, we have been warmly endorsed by the National Union of Journalists and by a growing number of news publishers, who recognise that independent regulation can help them build public trust.’