The CPBF welcomes today’s judgement (.pdf) from the High Court to uphold the status of IMPRESS as the first self-regulatory body for the press in UK history to be externally recognised as independent and effective.
— IMPRESS (@impressproject) October 12, 2017
As IMPRESS write:
At a meeting held in public on 25 October 2016, and following a nine-month process, the Press Recognition Panel (PRP) confirmed that IMPRESS meets the standards expected of an independent and effective press regulator, as set out in the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press (‘the Charter’).
The News Media Association (NMA), which represents the UK’s largest newspaper publishers, had asked the court to overturn this decision. The court rejected the NMA’s claim in its entirety and found that the PRP had behaved properly by recognising IMPRESS under the Charter.
The Press Recognition Panel has successfully defended the NMA v PRP JR of the decision to recognise IMPRESS https://t.co/DDoQ0TzW7p
— Press Recognition (@PRPanel) October 12, 2017
During proceedings, the NMA argued that the IMPRESS Board lacked impartiality. Dismissing that, the judges said:
“In our view the PRP’s function is not to appoint, or approve appointment of, members of the Board. That is for the appointment panel.
“NMA’s argument is hopeless on the facts.”