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.


Code Review 2020-2022

IMPRESS is undertaking a comprehensive review of its Standards Code and Guidance, led by its Code Committee. These are the rules by which we regulate the news gathering activities and published material of regulated publications.

We first launched these rules in 2017 after extensive research and consultation. We plan to consult on and issue a new version of the Code in 2022. 


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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