What we do

What is IPSO?

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) is the independent regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK. We hold newspapers and magazines to account for their actions, protect individual rights, uphold high standards of journalism and help to maintain freedom of expression for the press.

What does IPSO do?

  • We make sure that member newspapers and magazines follow the Editors' Code.
  • We investigate complaints about printed and online material that may breach the Editors’ Code.
  • We can make newspapers and magazines publish corrections or adjudications if they breach the Editors’ Code (including on their front page).
  • We monitor press standards and require member newspapers and magazines to submit an annual statement about how they follow the Editors’ Code and handle any complaints.
  • We can investigate serious standards failings and can fine publishers up to £1 million in cases where they are particularly serious and systemic.
  • We operate a 24-hour anti-harassment advice line.
  • We provide advice for editors and journalists.
  • We provide training and guidance for journalists so they can uphold the highest possible standards.
  • We provide a Whistleblowing Hotline for journalists who feel they are being pressured to act in a way that is not in line with the Editors' Code.
  • We work with charities, NGOs and other organisations to support and improve press standards.

How is IPSO funded?

IPSO is financed by the Regulatory Funding Company (RFC) which is funded by member publications. IPSO carries out its work separately and completely independently from its members.


External Review of IPSO's independence and effectiveness by Sir Joseph Pilling

External Review of IPSO's Independence and Effectiveness by Sir Joseph Pilling
IPSO's response to the Review