Press Council


Press Council
   A voluntary Press Council was established in 1953 with avowed aims of maintaining high ethical standards within journalism and promoting freedom of the Press. During the 1980s, the efficacy of the Press Council was questioned in lieu of a number of instances of tabloid excess. An ensuing report (the Calcutt Report) recommended the setting up of a new Press Complaints Commission (PCC), which occurred in 1991 against the backdrop of the introduction of a statutory complaints tribunal if the revamped voluntary body failed to be effective. The PCC consists of both representatives of the press and lay members, and it seeks to enforce a Code of Conduct which includes issues such as privacy, harassment, accuracy or reporting and chequebook journalism.
   GUY OSBORN
   STEVE GREENFIELD

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