Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS2
What is the Press Complaints Commission's Code of Practice?3
What is the Complaints Procedure10
Was their a "breach of standards," in the Anna Ford case?11
Have they acted intrusively in the Anna Ford case?12
Is there a public interest in the Anna Ford case?13
How has Anna Ford used the courts system in this case?13
What are the Human Rights implications in the Anna Ford case?13
Attempts of introducing a Privacy Law by the back door.14
My own conclusions!14
What is the Press Complaints Commission's Code of Practice?
The PCC's Code of Practice is a body that has been set up and charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Newspapers adhere to a given set of rules and stick to them, or in the PCC's own words;
The Press Complaints Commission is charged with enforcing the following Code of Practice which was framed by the newspaper and periodical industry and ratified by the Press Complaints Commission, 1st December 1999.
All members of the press have a duty to maintain the highest professional and ethical standards. This code sets the benchmark for those standards. It both protects the rights of the individual and upholds the public's right to know.
The Code is the cornerstone of the system of self-regulation to which the industry has made a binding commitment. Editors and publishers must ensurethat the Code is observed rigorously not only by their staff but also by anyone who contributes to their publications.
It is essential to the workings of an agreed code that it be honoured not only to the letter but in the full spirit. The Code should...