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.
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 now need your help in drafting a revised set of rules that continue to be relevant and fit for purpose in the changing world we live in. We plan to consult on and issue a new version of the Code in 2022.
We are commencing a call for evidence on a specific range of issues. If you would like to respond then please do so by 30 January 2021.
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.