Magazines back press watchdog

The magazine industry, via the Periodical Publishers Association, has given its full backing to the Press Complaints Commission.

In a letter to select committee chairman Gerald Kaufman, PPA chief executive Ian Locks, pictured above, notes that magazines’ coverage of celebrities can lead to privacy complaints. Magazine editors and publishers are cognisant of the fact that, while there are relatively few complaints about magazines, our sector is not without its high-profile examples of, particularly, celebrity ire,” he said.

“It is perhaps worth noting that, in such cases, recourse to law can often be an option for those seeking more punitive resolution than the sanctions open to the PCC.

“However, as demonstrated by the PCC submission, in the vast majority of cases, speedy, inexpensive resolution of complaints is what is sought – and what the PCC so effectively provides.

“The PPA urges the select committee members to study the submission by the PCC which provides a most compelling argument as to why self-regulation is the most effective form of regulation for the press.”

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