Standards Code

The IMPRESS Standards Code is a modern Code that aims to assist journalists by promoting and supporting their work. It also aims to protect the public from invasive journalistic practices and unethical news reporting. The Code is practical and responsive to emerging challenges in the digital era including issues like verifying the authenticity of sources and information and using content from social media.

Note: IMPRESS will use the Standards Code to assess complaints made against a publication regulated by IMPRESS by the public, for all material published and acts that occur from 24 July 2017 onwards. Complaints arising from material first published and acts that occurred before 24 July 2017 will be assessed against the Editors’ Code of Practice.

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The IMPRESS Standards Code.

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