IPSO/Editors Code 2019 version

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  • Created on: 24-03-21 11:21

TW: Mention of sexual assualt, child sex cases,suicide

Article 1- Accuracy

a) The press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images, including headlines not supported by the text

b) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion must be corrected promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate- an apology published. In cases involving IPSO, due prominence should be as required by the regulator

c) A fair opportunity to reply to significant inaccuracies should be given, when reasonably called for 

d) The press, while free to editorialise and campaign, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact

e) A publication must report fairly and accurately the outcome of an action for defamation to which it has been a party, unless an agreed settlement states otherwise, or an agreed statement is published.

Article 2- Privacy **

a) Everyone is entitled to respect for their private and family life, home, health and correspondence, including digital communications

b) Editors will be expected to justify intrustions into any individuals private life without consent. In considering an indivdual's reasonable expectation of privacy, account will be taken of the complaint's own public disclosures of information and the extent to which the material complained about is already in the public domain, or will become so.

c) It is unacceptable to photograph individuals, without their consent, in public or private places where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy

Article 3- Harassment **

a) Journalists must not engage in intimidation, harassment or persistent pursuit

b) They must not persist in questioning, telephoning, pursuing or photographing individuals once asked to desist; nor remain on property when asked to leave and must not follow them. If requested, they must identify themselves and whom they represent

c) Editors must ensure these principles are observed by those working for them and take cae not to use non-compliant material from other sources.

Article 4- Intrusion into grief or shock

In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and public handled sensitvely. These provisions should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings

Article 5- Reporting suicide **

When reporting suicide, to prevent simulative acts care should be taken to avoid excessive detail of the method used, while taking into account the media's right to report legal proceedings

Article 6- Children **

a) All pupils shoudl be free to complete their time at school without unnecessary intrusion

b) They must not be approached or photographed at school without permission of the school authorities

c) Children under 16 must not be interviewed or photographed on issues involving their own or another child's welfare unless a custodial parent or similarly responsible adult consents

d) Children under 16 must not be paid for material involving their welfare, nor parents or guardians for material about their children or wards, unless it is clearly in the child's interest.

e) Editors must not use the fame, notoriety or position of a parent or guardian as…


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