About the Standards Code

The IMPRESS Standards Code is a modern Code that aims to assist journalists by promoting and supporting their work. It also aims to protect the public from invasive journalistic practices and unethical news reporting. The Code is practical and responsive to emerging challenges in the digital era, including issues like verifying the authenticity of sources and information and using content from social media.

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How was the Standards Code written?

The Code was developed with and for the public. It was written by the IMPRESS Code Committee after a rigorous and transparent consultation process. This was the first time in the history of UK press regulation that the British public were directly asked to contribute to the development of press standards.

Note: the IMPRESS Code Committee is currently undertaking a review of the Standards Code. To find out how you can take part in the process, please visit our dedicated page.

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The IMPRESS Standards Code.

Guidance on the IMPRESS Standards Code.