The Editors' Codebook is the official handbook that sets the Editors' Code in context. It brings together the Code and the case law developed through years of adjudications by the previous UK newspaper and magazine industry regulatory body, the Press Complaints Commission.

The new Independent Press Standards Organisation, (IPSO) which became the new regulatory body on 8 September 2014, is not bound by the precedents of its predecessor, though it may choose to follow them. There will be a process of reassessment and development and, inevitably, changes in procedures and policy will follow. The Code of Practice itself will also continue to evolve, with an infusion of new lay members, including both the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of IPSO.

The Editors' Codebook will be updated regularly to reflect those developments. Meanwhile, in the interim, the contextual examples of good practice outlined in these pages continue to be the best available guidance for editors and journalists, and those with grievances about their activities.

The book - written by Code Committee Secretary Ian Beales - was first published in print format in 2005. A second print edition was launched in March 2009, followed a major revision and redesign to reflect changes to the shape of self-regulation.

The print version is no longer available, but the online Codebook was revised and expanded for 2011. This fully searchable version, with interactive Contents and Index and links to external sites, including hyperlinks to PCC adjudications, can be viewed online and is downloadable in pdf format.

It has been updated to reflect the setting up Ipso, but does not yet reflect any new policy developments. These will be added as IPSO policy evolves.

The Codebook is published jointly by the trade associations that fund press self-regulation in Britain - the Newspaper Publishers Association, representing national newspapers, the Newspaper Society, for the regional press, the Professional Publishers Association, representing the magazine industry, and the Scottish Newspaper Society.

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