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Journalists urged to suggest improvements to IPSO code

neilbensonJournalists and members of the public are being urged to have their say on how they would improve the Editors’ Code of Practice.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation has opened its three-yearly public consultation on the Code, under which the vast majority of Britain’s print and online journalists work.

The Editors’ Code of Practice Committee, which writes and revises the code of standards upheld and enforced by IPSO, is calling for members of the public, editors, journalists and others working in the media to come forward with suggestions on how the Code might be revised.

Following the last consultation three years ago, new provisions on mental health were inserted into the Code.

Committee chairman Neil Benson said: “The Code is continuously reviewed and suggestions for revisions are considered by the committee, with the most recent update taking place in January 2021, when mental health was added to Clause 2 (Privacy) to improve understanding of the protection that the clause provides for individuals.

“This public consultation is another opportunity for points to be made about any aspect of the Code.

“The Editors’ Code of Practice is a living document guided by real world experience.

“It has been in operation for more than thirty years and during that time it has evolved to meet changes in society.”

Submissions should be sent by email to [email protected].