Coverage relating to Ben Stokes and Gareth Thomas

Commenting, Chief Executive Matt Tee, said:

The Editors’ Code – the set of rules that IPSO members must follow – governs editorial material and the behaviour of journalists, including how they make approaches in the course of their news gathering.

The Code requires journalists to respect people’s right to privacy, stop approaches when asked to do so, and to ensure reports are accurate.

Whilst we are not able to comment on individual cases, we take all complaints made under the Editors’ Code seriously, and if a complaint raised a possible breach of that Code, would investigate rigorously and sanction appropriately if required.

Rightly, in cases relating to privacy, the individual or individuals directly affected should decide what the most suitable course of action for them is.

IPSO supports a free and thriving press which is held accountable to a set of standards agreed by the industry and underpinned by effective self-regulation.