If you work for a news publication and you believe your employer (editor, line manager or other person) is involved in wrongdoing or is encouraging you or others in your workplace to commit unethical or unlawful practices, and you want to report it confidentially, you can contact our whistleblowing hotline run by Protect on 0800 221 8548 at any time.
- What is whistleblowing?
- Make a whistleblowing disclosure
- What disclosures count as whistleblowing?
- Who can make a disclosure?
- How to make a whistleblowing disclosure to IMPRESS
- Other Whistleblowing FAQ
Someone ‘blows the whistle’ when they tell their employer, a regulator like IMPRESS, the police, or a dedicated whistleblowing charity like Protect, about wrongdoing that they are aware of in their workplace.
IMPRESS is committed to operating a whistleblowing scheme that ensures there is a positive whistleblowing or ‘speak up culture’ for journalists, editors and publishers.
- Conduct which is an offence or a breach of the law.
- Conduct which is a breach of the IMPRESS Standards Code.
- Conduct which encourages others to breach the IMPRESS Standards Code.
- Other unethical conduct which undermines the principles and spirit of the IMPRESS Standards Code.
If you make a disclosure where you reasonably believe that your disclosure evidences past, present or likely future wrongdoing that falls into one or more of the above areas, you may be protected by law.
The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 ('PIDA') protects workers who make certain disclosures of information in the public interest (a 'protected disclosure'), and gives them the right not to be treated adversely as a consequence of making such a disclosure. PIDA is part of employment legislation, specifically, part IVA of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
Any employee of a news publication can use IMPRESS’s whistleblowing hotline, including an agency contract worker, a self-employed journalist, or a freelance journalist.
The best way to raise a concern is to do so openly by directly disclosing to your editor or your manager. In circumstances where this is not practical or appropriate, you are encouraged to contact IMPRESS. You can do so by completing our whistleblowing form, or contacting the confidential IMPRESS whistleblowing hotline run by Protect at any time on 0800 221 8548.
There are two main ways to make a whistleblowing disclosure:
You can get in touch with IMPRESS regarding a whistleblowing disclosure, or what you think might be a whistleblowing disclosure, by completing the whistleblowing form above. You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3325 4288.
You can also send a letter to: IMPRESS, 16-18 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6AG. Please include your name, address, telephone number and email address (if you have one). Please provide details of the publisher in question and explain your concerns.
An IMPRESS executive will be in contact with you to assist you regarding your disclosure and point you towards the next steps. If you want to remain anonymous, IMPRESS will take your concernt and consider it while protecting your anonymity.
Depending on the case, the IMPRESS executive can recommend that you get in touch with our whistleblowing hotline Protect, who may be better equipped to address your specific situation. The IMPRESS executive can also recommend a different action depending on the situation reported.
- Contacting whistleblowing hotline Protect
You can choose to contact our whistleblowing hotline Protect directly at 0800 221 8548 at any time.
Protect is a whistleblowing charity that provides free independent and confidential advice. This line is managed by qualified lawyers with a wealth of experience in whistleblowing law and practice. Please visit Protect's website for more information.
You may ask Protect to share information with IMPRESS on your behalf. They may also recommend that you contact IMPRESS.