IPSO (The Independent Press Standards Organisation)

Who are the IPSO?

In the UK there is a  independent regulatory body for newspapers and magazines, they help to promote high professional standards within journalism and look at any concerns where there is a breach of this. To help make sure of this the Independent Press Standards Organisation, commonly known as the (IPSO) implement the editors code of practice. these are the guidelines to making sure content is accurate. When there is a breach of their editors code of practice the independent press standards Organisation takes it very seriously and deals with issues such as accuracy, invasion of privacy, intrusion into grief or shock and harassment. If IPSO deems the complaint to be correct they have to power to fine publications.

There have been many instances where the editors code of practice has been breached. For instance,

On 19 February 2015 the IPSO received a complaint about it in accurate publication that stated in young boy had Down syndrome, this was wrong as he had cerebral palsy. Newspapers did not recognise the article was inaccurate on basis that the reporters notes as a record of the conversation and therefore maintained a hand humour and correct reports. The ruling of the incident was held under the clause 1 -clause 1 looks at the accuracy issues. Under this clause is states that the press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures. The press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between,conjuncture and fact. As the press, clearly made an error they got an official warning as a breach of this clause.

It is a proven fact that things can be reported in a way which is inaccurate or biased however, by having the IPSO helps to provide protection a valid punishments to those who breach the different rulings also allowing the public to voice where they feel the press have made an error. As a journalist it is crucial that i follow the NUJ and other guidelines, this will help to protect me from reporting inaccurate information, help to protect my professionalism and make me a trustworthy person.


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