IMPRESS Best Practice notes are intended to provide additional guidance and resources for regulated publishers on specific standards and practice issues.
This IMPRESS Best Practice Note is intended to help IMPRESS regulated publishers make difficult editorial judgements about whether to offer people an opportunity to respond before a story about them is published, when that story has the potential to negatively impact on their reputation and/or some aspect of their personal or professional lives.
It relates specifically to the accuracy code clause of the IMPRESS Standards Code:
1.1. Publishers must take all reasonable steps to ensure accuracy.
It also relates to the following Guidance on Code Clause 1.1:
“The Code does not create an absolute duty to publish only incontrovertibly true facts. Instead, it means that publishers must take such steps as are reasonable in the circumstances to verify the truth of the information presented.”