A number of publications have contacted the Skwawkbox for comment on our intentions regarding our membership of IMPRESS, the UK’s only Leveson-compliant press regulator. IMPRESS receives some £3m in funding from the Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust, which is associated with Max Mosley. Mosley has been the subject of claims this week about an election leaflet printed in the early 1960s for a party set up by his father.
Below is the Skwawkbox’s comment:
Our membership of IMPRESS is under review but no decision has been taken.The fact that IMPRESS receives a large part of its funding from any one, wealthy individual or organisation has always been far from ideal, but the UK needs a genuine, Leveson-compliant press regulator.If IMPRESS folded for lack of funding, there would be no meaningful press regulation in the UK. IPSO is run by the organisations it’s supposed to regulate and has been called a ‘sham’ and ‘the illusion of reform’ by campaign group Hacked Off.IMPRESS therefore cannot be allowed to collapse for lack of funding, especially in view of Matt Hancock’s Leveson statement this morning, which amounts to a declaration of war on the independent media, to protect the corporate press that he laughably called the ‘lifeblood of our democracy’.IMPRESS should, however, be looking urgently for alternative sources of support – though it seems clear that the government has no intention of funding genuinely-independent press regulation.
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