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Role and Purpose The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is the independent regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK, established in September 2014. We hold newspapers and magazines to account for their actions, protect individual rights, uphold high standards of journalism and help to maintain freedom of expression for the press. In doing so, they make sure that publications follow the ‘Editors Code’, investigate complaints about publications, make publications do corrections if code is breached and monitor annual press standards, making sure the press and publications keep up to standards when sending out works of quality standards to what the public would want to see.
Legal Powers Legal Power – (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law. In the IPSO’S position, they have the rights review publications and force editors to make required changes in accordance with the ‘Editors Code’ based on submissions of complaints/enquiries from the general public in the United Kingdom.
Media Aspects Covered The Independent Press Standards Organisation cover media of printing publications, along the lines of magazines and newspapers, Alongside this, they also cover the complaints & enquiries system for the publications for when in breach of the Editors Code and guidelines, with the sorted enquires sent by the public and purchasers on the different publications.
Case Study In 2015, on June 1 st, The Times newspaper was caught in bad hands with the Independent Press Standards Organization over inaccurate sources to a serious allegation towards the FIFA organisation, with the headline labelled ‘Fifa isn’t the only fiefdom to cast its shadow’, with this article breaching two different clauses on the Editors Code, with the 2 nd break being found guilty of ‘offering an insufficient remedy for its error because it did not address the “serious unsubstantiated claim”’ found by the complaints committee. When reported on, the articles writer, Matt Ridley, argued that when it came to reporting the story, the information he was provided came from an confidential source, which the paper publication was allowed to protect under clause 14 of the Editors Code, but the IPSO was unimpressed with clause 14 defence, and stated that the news publication was unable to demonstrate that the ‘factual claims’ made in the article were accurate, alongside that no recorded information was made to contact the accused and make comments on the allegations before the publication and release. The IPSO requited The Times to the publish its decision in regards to the article in question, which-so it did in Tuesday issue, the next day on June 2 nd, with the offending paragraphs being removed from the online publication of the article.
Controversies In July 2016, the Independent Press Standards Organization was caught in hot waters when multiple complaints were sent in for an article made by Katie Hopkins and published in The Sun newspapers, when she made an article comparing ‘migrants to cockroaches’. Situation got more-so messy when the IPSO’s Chief Executive, Matt Tee, said that “Migrants as such are not a group that can be discriminated against, and actually in our terms for it to be discrimination, the complainant would have had to show that an individual or a group of individuals were discriminated against by that phrase. I felt that the phrase was in very bad taste, but bad taste is not something that is covered by the editors’ code. ”. When asked about this at a later point in time, Tee said “There were suggestions with the Katie Hopkins piece that it was an incitement to racial hatred. That’s a legal matter. I don’t think the commissioner of the Metropolitan police has taken any action over that. In terms of the editors’ code, there wasn’t anything that could lead to a successful complaint against that column. ” In outrage against the article/column, more than over 200, 000 people msigbned a petition calling for The Sun to sack Hopkins from the team. Since then, she has left the paper to join The Daily Mail.
Impact on the Production of a Media Product With the inclusion of a code and clauses to follow, the impact the Independent Press Standards Organisation has on the publication industry is huge, especially considering how slip ups on the clauses can lead to damage to the publication as a whole, it goes to show that writers, editors and journalists really need to be careful with what is included and constantly review over the included contents to make sure to does not conflict with the Editors Code.