NEW ON THE SITE: Suggest an amendment to the Editors' Code

The Editors' Code of Practice is the foundation stone of the UK press self-regulatory system. It sets out the rules that the industry has drawn up voluntarily and pledged to accept.

It is by those self-imposed standards that newspapers and magazines can be held to account via the independent adjudicating body.

The Code is now being reviewed by the Editors' Code of Practice Committee, which is being restructured to include a stronger lay membership, as well as editors representing the national and regional newspaper and magazine industry.

You can take part in that process.

For, while the Committee has responsibility for writing, reviewing and revising the Code, it does not do so in isolation. It conducts an annual review, inviting suggestions for improvements from the public, civil society and government. Any changes to the Code have, finally, to be ratified not only by the industry, but also by the independent adjudicating authority.


The role of the Editors' Code Committee is to write, review and revise the Code of Practice to keep it fresh, responsive and relevant.

The Editors' Codebook is the newspaper and magazine industry's official handbook to the Editors' Code and the way it works in practice.

Keep up with announcements of Code changes, reviews, press releases and policy documents concerning the Code of Practice.

This is the current Editors' Code of Practice - framed by the newspaper and periodical industry and ratified by the PCC to take effect from 1 August 2007.

What does the Code cover? What does it mean? How can it be changed? Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

Your chance to take part