Lynne Anderson, NMA Deputy Chief Executive, said:
“We are disappointed by the PRP’s decision to recognise Impress, a regulator funded by Max Mosley and set up in order to trigger punitive costs sanctions against Britain’s press. However, we welcome reports that the Government has decided to pull back from implementing Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which would inhibit a free press and have a crippling effect on regional and local newspapers.
“Over 90 per cent of UK newspapers and magazines - over 1500 print and 1100 online titles - have voluntarily signed up to a system of self-regulation under IPSO which has been found to be both effective and independent of the industry. A small number of micro businesses and multi-author blogs have been persuaded to join Impress quite unnecessarily, given they are excluded from the definition of relevant publisher. Not a single significant national or regional newspaper or magazine has signed up to the state-sponsored system of regulation under the PRP.”