Press Regulation: where are we now? - Communications Committee Contents


AdjudicationA procedure for resolving disputes without resorting to lengthy and expensive court procedure
ArbitrationA procedure that requires a neutral third party to hear a dispute between parties
ICOInformation Commissioner's Office
IMPRESSIndependent Monitor for the Press
IPSOIndependent Press Standards Organisation—a body for the self-regulation of the press.
OfcomOffice of Communications
OmbudsmanAppointed to investigate complaints against maladministration by a particular category of organization or in a particular area of public life, such as local authorities, hospitals, or pensions. A person who handles complaints, a mediator; a spokesperson for the rights of a particular individual or group.
Operation ElvedenInvestigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to police
Operation WeetingPolice investigation into allegations of phone hacking
PCCPress Complaints Commission—closed in September 2014
PNCPolice National Computer
PressBofPress Board of Finance
Press Recognition PanelThe Press Recognition Panel came into existence on 3 November 2014. The Royal Charter provided that its function was to carry out activities relating to the recognition of press regulators.
RFCRegulatory Funding Company
Royal CharterThe Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press is a UK Royal Charter approved in 2013.
WatchdogA group or organisation which monitors (and often regulates) the practices of companies, agencies, etc., operating in the specified field.
Whistle-blowing hotlineThe Leveson Report recommended the setting up of a confidential whistle-blowing hotline for journalists who feel they are being asked to do things which are contrary to the Code.

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