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Report on the recognition system – February 2019

The Press Recognition Panel (PRP) has published its annual report on the recognition system, as required by our Royal Charter:

We are happy to arrange to present the findings of the report to anyone with an interest in our work. Indeed, as always, if you would find it useful to discuss any aspect of our work, please get in touch –

Call for information responses

In preparing our second annual report, we held a public call for information which ran from 18 September 2018 to 8 October 2018. We have publised the responses received:

One respondent asked us not to publish their response.

Other correspondence

In order to determine the success or failure of the recognition system, we needed to consider the behaviour of publishers both inside and outside the system. As we have done in previous reports, to help inform our thinking we considered a sample of significant publishers – as well as IPSO – with reference to some areas that the Charter identifies as key to protecting the public. These areas include providing access to an effective and independent system of complaints and low-cost arbitration, and the independence of decision-making committees.
The sample of publishers are: Buzzfeed UK, Facebook, the Financial Times, Google, The Guardian, HuffPost UK, The Independent, LADbible, Pink News, Private Eye, Reuters, Snapchat, Twitter, and Yahoo! News. Our correspondence exchange with these publishers and IPSO is provided below.

Following our letter to the UK editor of one particular online news aggregator inviting a response to our call for information, we received a letter from their lawyers, which they asked us not to publish.