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Press Recognition Panel

What is the Press Recognition Panel (PRP)?

The PRP plays a part in ensuring the freedom of the press while protecting the public interest. The PRP’s role is to ensure that regulators of the UK press and other news publishers are independent, properly funded, and able to protect the public.

After the Leveson Inquiry, the Press Recognition Panel (PRP) was established under the Royal Charter for self-regulation of the press. The PRP came into existence as a legal entity on 3 November 2014, and was set up to oversee the regulation of the press and other news publishers.

The Royal Charter completely separates the Government, Parliament, and politicians from press regulation. The PRP is entirely independent, including from publishers and from politicians. The Government and politicians have no say or involvement in how the PRP is run or in its decisions, and do not have any way to influence it. Further, the PRP has no say in how the press operates or how regulators are run.

The PRP’s only role is to assess regulators who choose to apply for recognition. The system of recognition and the PRP do not provide any means for the state, for Government, or for politicians to prevent publishers exercising free speech.

Read more about the PRP on their website here.

The Board of the Press Recognition Panel (PRP) recognised Impress as an approved regulator on 25 October 2016. This means that Impress complies with all the criteria set out in the Royal Charter for self-regulation of the press and has demonstrated it is independent and effective as a self-regulatory body for the press.

IMPRESS is subject to the PRP’s system of ad hoc and cyclical reviews.

The PRP are required to report annually to Parliament on the state of the recognition system.

Read the latest report from the PRP on the system of recognition here.