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Public consultations -2016 Code consultation

Code Consultation

The original version of the Impress Standards Code (2017) was developed with and for the public. It was written by the Impress Code Committee after a rigorous and transparent consultation process. This was the first time in the history of UK press regulation that the British public were directly asked to contribute to the development of press standards.

You can download the archived 2017 Standards Code* here.

The Code was updated in 2023. Click here for further information.

Submissions to Code Consultation

One of the stages of the consultation was a formal six-week public consultation on a draft Code. Impress published this draft Code on 19 August 2016, inviting submissions. The consultation period ran for a period of 6 weeks, ending on 29 September 2016. Impress published a consultation paper explaining the reasons for the consultation and the thinking behind the draft Code. The consultation paper asked stakeholders to answer key questions that would assist the committee in finalising the Code.

Impress received 42 submissions in response to the consultation, eight of which were from stakeholders who requested that their submissions be anonymised. Stakeholders were able to make submissions in several ways: through an online survey, by email, or by phone. Many stakeholders responded through the online survey. Those submissions are reproduced as pdfs and include only those questions from the survey that were answered by each respondent.

Aidan White, Ethical Journalism Network

Anonymous 1

Anonymous 2

Anonymous 3

Anonymous 4

Anonymous 5

Anonymous 6

Anonymous 7

Anonymous 8

Article 19

Christopher Whitmey

Claire de Than, City University

Dr Faith Gordon, Westminster University

Dr Sally Broughton Micova, University of East Anglia


Equalities and Human Rights Commission

Hacked Off

Information Commissioner’s Office

Jane Winter

Jim Gibb

John Coombs

Jonathan Coad

Marcus Keppel-Palmer, University of the West of England

Media Wise


Muslim Council of Britain

Muslim Engagement and Development

National Suicide Prevention Alliance

National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

Professor Eric Barendt

Raymond Starkey

Saddleworth News


Simon Carne

Society of Editors

Standing Committee for Youth Justice

Terrence Higgins Trust

The Trust Project

Time to Change (MIND and Rethink Mental Illness)

Trans Media Watch

Transparency Project

Zero Tolerance

For a description of this consultation and the Code Committee’s decision-making process in developing the Code, please download the 2016 Consultation Response Paper below.

Download consultation response paper