Published on: Mar 4, 2016
Transcripts - Press regualtions
PRESS REGUALTIONSRegulations/ Regulators
The print media is essentially self-regulating.Which means theGovernment has no control on what the press regulators get up to.There isno statutory Press Council, no statutory complaints body and no requirementthat journalists have to be registered or belong to any particular company.During the 1980’s there were a number of public complaints about theexcesses in the British press and the British Government responded bysetting up a public enquiry into press regulation which reported in 1990.The enquiry recommended the establishment that a new voluntary body toregulate the press was to be created to replace an existing body.Press ComplaintsCommission (PCC) was created in early 1991 in order toavoid the creation of a statutory council.Article 19
A Code of Practice for the press was drawn up by the committee of editorsand all British editors and publishers committed themselves to upholdingthe code.The PCC began receiving complaints and issuing guidelines on specificmatters almost immediately and has continued to do so to the present day.Since it was originally adopted by the industrys Code of PracticeCommittee, there have been various revisions in structure and numerousupdates to the Code of Practice.The current Code of Practice contains 16 articles dealing with a wide rangeof issues, includingaccuracy, privacy, harassment, intrusion, children, listeningdevices, discrimination, confidential sources and payment for articles.Anyone can make a complaint to the PCC alleging breach by a newspaper ormagazine of the Code. Complaints are free and do not require legalrepresentation.Press Complaints Commission (PCC)
POSSIBLE REGUALTION ISSUES FORKERRANG!Intrusion into grief or shock: In casesinvolving personal grief or shock. Whenreporting suicide, care should be taken toavoid excessive detail about the methodused.Discrimination: The press must avoidprejudicial to an individualsrace, colour, religion, gender, sexualorientation or to any physical or mentalillness or disability.Even though the PCC do not have rulessaying that swear words cannot be used inmagazines. I would say It falls down tomoral issues of not allowing children toread book or magazines with swear words.Intrusion into grief or shock: In casesinvolving personal grief or shock. Whenreporting suicide, care should be taken toavoid excessive detail about the methodused. In my KERRANG magazine edition (issue no: 1298 cover date :06/02/10) the content page has a article written by the deputyeditor (Paul Harries) which in his article refers to drug use by a rockstars girlfriend. In page 16 they rate a energy tour 5 star or in other hand 5 k’swhich can be seen as a racial implication. In page 52 they rate 2albums 3 k’s which can be seen in a racial way by the 3 k’s meaningKu Klux Klan. Through out the magazine theres more than one swear words forexample F*uck, S*it and even C*nt which is classed as the rudestword in the English dictionary.The page which should becomplained about to the PCC is the page 24 which is the interviewwith IanWarkins which holds shocking statements e.g. ‘’Fucking amillion whores a day’’ even though the deputy editor warned thereaders about the interview with Ian. In page 6 the article ‘’It was quiet until we got here’’ they brieflytalk about suicide I know this because they say ‘’follow-up to2008’s suicide season’’ which readers could find disturbing.