The Editors' Codebook, the official handbook that sets the Editors' Code in context, brings together the Code and the case law developed through years of PCC adjudications. It provides a unique guide to how the Code works in practice.

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

The 2009 A5 book version costs £5 and can be obtained from the PCC. To place an order, contact Tonia Milton .

The online version of the Codebook - a later edition than the print version -- has been 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.

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 Periodical Publishers Association, representing the magazine industry, and the Scottish Newspaper Society.

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