Sunday, January 15, 2017

Is it time to review and cancel the recognition of IMPRESS?

I was out campaigning at the time of Max Mosley's interview with Andrew Neil on the Sunday Politics and am now waiting for it to become available on iPlayer to watch.

However, given the deeply worrying comments by senior officials at IMPRESS as Alex Wickham wrote here, I was increasingly convinced even before today's interview that this body is not fit for purpose as approved press regulator in any self-respecting democracy.

Section 40 certainly should not be brought into effect and ideally should be repealed but I am rapidly moving to the opinion that merely scrapping attempts to pressurise the press to sign up to be regulated by IMPRESS is not good enough - the decision of the Press Recognition Panel should be overturned by the government and IMPRESS de-recognised as a suitable regulator.

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