Following the exposure of alleged criminal activity and growing complaints about the behaviour of the press in the UK in 2011, the Leveson Inquiry made a series of recommendations for a new, more effective regulatory system. The Press Recognition Panel (PRP) is the result of this Inquiry and was created by Royal Charter on 3 November 2014.
The PRP is entirely independent of the government, Parliament, the press or any other such interest – independence and transparency are absolutely fundamental to the way in which we operate. The Chair and members of the PRP Board were appointed by an Independent Appointments Committee, itself appointed by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
The PRP was created to ensure that the freedom of the press in the UK remains while protecting the interests of the public.