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01 January 2021

Committee Announces Editors’ Code Revisions

The Editors’ Code of Practice has been revised coming into effect on 1 January and is the result of a public consultation on the Editors’ Code of Practice.

The Editors’ Code of Practice, under which the vast majority of Britain’s newspaper, magazine and news website journalists work, is to be revised to underline the protection it offers to people with mental health issues.

Editors’ Code of Practice Committee chairman Neil Benson said: “The committee believes that this revision will improve understanding of the protection that the privacy clause provides for individuals.

“Mental health was already covered implicitly in the clause, but the amendment makes this explicit and is a timely reminder of the changing attitudes in society. Mental health is now openly acknowledged and the press can take some credit for driving that welcome transformation.”