20th June 2024
If You Care About Crime, You Should Care About How It’s Reported
Are issues relating to crime something you look for when you’re reading the news or browsing social media? Well, you should consider whether what you are reading is actually accurate.

We have previously seen eye-catching headlines relating to knife crime, policing and laws in general, despite the political claims behind them being debunked by fact-checkers.

We all want to go about our lives without fear, so naturally dealing with crime is an issue of high priority to many, especially at election time. But inaccurate reporting can mean unnecessary fearmongering and, subsequently, increased stress, anger and upset among the public.

Whether you see them in print, online, on TV or even on social media, more often than not, the information you are reading will be there because a journalist has reported on it. Be that through an investigation, a press conference or a press release.

But there is no law requiring news to be accurate or regulated. Sometimes misleading news is printed deliberately to score political points. Sometimes it is a result of overstretched newsrooms rushing to compete with each other to publish quickly instead of accurately.

You deserve accurate information on crime. Truly independent press regulators like Impress require publishers to ensure accuracy and make them accountable if they print misleading information.

We also want regulated publishers to receive better support so that they can focus on quality not quantity when they are reporting on crime.

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About Impress 

Impress is a champion for news that can be trusted. We are here to make sure news providers can publish with integrity; and the public can engage in an ever-changing media landscape with confidence. We set the highest regulatory standards for news, offer education to help people make informed choices and provide resolution when disputes arise. 

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Louie Chandler: louie@impressorg.com / 02033076778