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Is the U.K. Press Complaints Commission 'ineffective'? Well, that depends on what you think the PCC actually is...

The common consensus amongst MPs as the phone-hacking scandal engulfed the UK media is that the PCC is redundant. Yet the it is still here, dealing with complaints and settling disputes. In fact, the commission has recently made a significant decision regarding a recent complaint lodged by MP Louise Mensch.

Mensch claimed that The New Statesman had misrepresented her views about Sarah Palin and had portrayed her as a 'cheerleader' for the US politician, which was not in fact the case, the PCC concluded. Initially the MP wanted a printed correction, but the PCC decided an electronic one was all that was necessary, given that the errors were made in online blog posts.

The PCC director Stephen Abell argued that this resolution was "a good example of the self-regulatory mechanism working in the online environment".

However, there are several good examples of why the PCC may not be working outside that environment.

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newspaper/2011/09/is_the_uk_press_complaints.php

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Katherine Travers

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2011-09-21 12:05

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Daily Telegraph's reporters were wrong to use subterfuge to secretly record conversations with Liberal Democrats MPs during constituency surgeries last December, the UK Press Complaints Commission has ruled. The PCC is upholding the complaint against the paper raised by Liberal Democrat president Tim Farron, Journalism.co.uk reported.

Last December two undercover reporters secretly recorded MPs including business secretary Vince Cable, who at that time was charged with taking the final decision on News Corp's bid to take full control over BskyB. Cable was recorded saying that he had "declared war on Mr Murdoch".

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newsrooms_and_journalism/2011/05/the_daily_telegraph_censured_by_the_pcc.php

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Federica Cherubini

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2011-05-11 14:38

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The Press Complaints Commission has published new guidlines for news publications on the prominence they should give to corrections, clarifications and apologies online, Journalism.co.uk reported.

The PCC deals with complaints raised by readers about editorial content of UK newspapers and magazine, both in their print and online editions. Complaints are investigated under the Editors' Code of Practice and when a breach of Code is found, PCC main aim is to find a negotiation for a satisfactory complaint's resolution.

The PCC states that "if the Commission concludes that the Code has been breached (and the breach has not - or cannot - be remedied) it will uphold your complaint in a public ruling. The newspaper or magazine is obliged to publish the critical ruling in full and with due prominence".

While defined are the rules for the due prominence publication in print - over 80% of texts negotiated through the PCC appear on the same page as, or on an earlier page, than the original article, or in a designated corrections column - online publication has still not been clear. The new guidance goes in this direction of clarification.

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newsrooms_and_journalism/2011/02/uk_press_complaint_commission_published.php

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Federica Cherubini

Date

2011-02-10 12:39

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