REGULATION: IMPRESS releases assessment of antisemitism and alternative media content

24 November 2021. IMPRESS has released its assessment of material published by two regulated publishers that were referred to in a report entitled ‘Antisemitism and the Alternative Media’ authored by academics at Kings College London and commissioned by the Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism.

IMPRESS undertook a preliminary investigation on its own initiative, which considered 42 articles and tweets published by The Canary and The Skwawkbox between January 2017 and March 2020.

The ruling of a Regulatory Committee, which has been endorsed by the IMPRESS Board, concluded that none of the material, assessed in the light of the IMPRESS Standards Code, evidenced discrimination against Jewish people. The Committee concluded that further investigation would not be justified and dismissed the matter.

A report of the preliminary investigation is available here.

About IMPRESS-initiated investigations

In addition to investigating complaints made by members of the public, IMPRESS has powers to initiate independent investigations into any of the publications it regulates, through a fair and impartial process as required under the system of approved regulation. Further, IMPRESS has powers to assess evidence of serious or systemic breaches of its Standards Code.

No formal referral, request or complaint was made by either the Office of HM Government’s Independent Adviser on Antisemitism, the report authors at King’s College or representatives of the Jewish community in relation to the concerns raised in the report. The decision to undertake an assessment of material published by two of its regulated publishers, was undertaken by IMPRESS on its own initiative.

IMPRESS is an approved regulator under the post-Leveson Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press. Any concerns about the standards of content or news gathering activities of any of the titles that we regulate should be referred to us without delay. IMPRESS is independent of the publishers it regulates and will investigate any concerns that are brought to our attention fairly and impartially.

Information on how to raise a complaint to IMPRESS is available here.

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Note: Further regulatory information on The Canary (regulated since 21/08/2017) and The Skwawkbox (regulated since 01/10/2017) can be found in our Annual Reports. Information on all of our complaints and investigation decisions is available here.