The British press has been described as a ‘watchdog’ when it comes to protecting the public, and arguably this function is of upmost importance when reporting on criminal cases and their developments. The wide spread reporting of Wayne Couzins brutal kidnap, rape and murder of Sarah Everard, and most shockingly his abuse of his role as an officer in the Met Police to carry out such an atrocity has dominated headlines this Autumn. It is of vital importance that this case was given such a high level of exposure; because with such exposure and public outrage, organisations are forced to address institutional problems – and hopefully prevent such monstrosities occurring again.Continue reading
The Independent Press Standards Organisation (“IPSO”) has its own Editors’ Code of Practice applicable to signatory newspapers. This currently includes most commercial papers.
The ISPO Code contains a framework for professional standards within the press and is the cornerstone of the voluntary-self regulatory regime entered into by publishers. Editors and publishers are responsible to adherence with the Code and complaints can be made to IPSO should any violations be made.