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.


We are currently reviewing the IMPRESS Standards Code and Guidance to ensure it remains fit for purpose for the future of journalism. Find out more about our Code Review process. 

The IMPRESS Standards Code

Click on the code clauses below for a complete description of its provisions. 

Click on the Guidance links for each of the Standards Code clauses for an in-depth description of their application and reach.

Note: IMPRESS can accept complaints up to 12 months from the date of the publication or act complained of.

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