In February 2009, the MST published A More Accountable Press, a critique of the current system of press self-regulation, including the Press Complaints Commission. In January 2010 the MST published its recommendations for reform of the PCC; 19 of these 28 recommendations were partially or fully supported by the PCC’s own governance review. In June 2012, the MST submitted a proposal – A Free and Accountable Media – to the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press. This sets out a forward-thinking model to replace the PCC and to protect against future abuses of power by sections of the media. The Trust continues to monitor the current system – through PCC Watch – and to press for further reform.
A More Accountable Press
This diagnostic report (February 2009) assessed the effectiveness of the current system of press self-regulation. The review found that the existing system was unable to deal with the serious and growing threats to press standards and press freedom in a converged media world.
Recommendations for Reform
The MST’s submission to the independent review of governance commissioned by the PCC. Published in January 2010, the MST’s second report on self-regulation – Can independent self-regulation keep standards high and preserve press freedom? – made 28 recommendations for reform.
A Free and Accountable Media
The MST’s submission to the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press. The report proposes that voluntary self-regulation of the press has demonstrably failed and that a new system, underpinned by statute, is necessary to protect the public from further abuses of power and to grant them adequate means of redress.