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NUJ welcomes Impress application for recognition

20 May 2015

The NUJ has welcomed the application for official recognition from the Press Recognition Panel for the Impress project. Impress was established as an alternative to Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

The union has welcomed Impress as an alternative to IPSO. Impress is independent of politicians, editors and publishers, it is willing to accept third party complaints and welcomes both journalists and civil society to participate in the ethical code committee.

Impress also supports a conscience clause for journalists and intends to establish an arbitrator for cheap and easy redress for members of the public. Harold Evans, the former editor of the Sunday Times, has become patron of Impress.

The union has condemned the newspaper publishers for seeking to set up their own regulator that will operate in their own interests. IPSO is controlled by publishers and does not take third party complaints, prevents journalists from being involved in the ethical code committee and has avoided an arbitration panel offering redress to the public. 

Chris Frost, chair of the NUJ ethics council, said:

"The NUJ welcomes the recognition application submitted by Impress and we will take an interest in the way it develops. Impress offers an independent framework that can enable our profession to drive up standards, public trust and ethical journalism in the UK. Crucially, Impress supports the introduction of safeguards for all journalists who object to being made to act unethically in the pursuit of a story."

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