NUJ response to recognition of the regulator Impress
25 October 2016
Michelle Stanistreet, National Union of Journalists general secretary, said:
"The NUJ welcomes the Press Regulation Panel's decision to recognise another press regulator. The union has so far worked and cooperated with IPSO and will also continue to do so with Impress. Our objection to IPSO has always been that it is an organisation that represents the interests of the proprietors and management of newspapers. The union has long-held policy on the need for independent regulation that involves journalists, as well as the industry and representatives of the public. Our position on a regulator is one which focusses on ethical issues, our own code of conduct and offers the broadest protections for journalists and responsible journalism. We have also campaigned for a journalists' conscience clause to safeguard them from being compelled by their bosses to act unethically in pursuit of a story; so far IPSO has failed to offer this."