NMA Granted Leave to Appeal Against Decision to Approve PRP’s Recognition of IMPRESS

The Court of Appeal has granted the News Media Association leave to appeal against the outcome of the NMA’s case for judicial review of the Press Recognition Panel’s decision to recognise IMPRESS. 

This means that the legal status of IMPRESS as a “recognised regulator” remains under challenge.

The NMA has always maintained that the PRP’s decision to recognise IMPRESS was deeply flawed. At the time of the High Court judgement last October, the NMA said that no significant publishers had signed up to IMPRESS and none would do so.

“The national and regional newspaper and magazine industry has an effective and robust self-regulatory system in place through IPSO, which 1500 print titles and 1100 websites are signed up to,” the NMA said. 

“IMPRESS is a regulator funded [via two trusts] almost entirely by one wealthy individual, Max Mosley, and headed by a chief executive who has admitted to holding biases against leading newspapers and journalists.

“It is the NMA’s case that the Press Recognition Panel should not have recognised IMPRESS and should not continue to do so in light of all the evidence which is available to it.”