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The Press Complaints Commission closed on 8 September 2014 and has been replaced by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). You can find full details of the new organisation, and how to complain, at

Please note that, though the Press Complaints Commission is no longer active, this site will continue to be maintained for a period in order to provide a record of the organisation's work.

Please contact IPSO for any other queries.

About the PCC

The Press Complaints Commission has been replaced by a new structure of independent self-regulation for the newspaper and magazine industries. Following the recommendations Sir Brian Leveson made in his Report published in November 2012, the magazine and newspaper industries have been creating a new, self-regulatory body - the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), in accordance with the Leveson principles. IPSO commenced operations in September 2014.

This section of the website is designed to introduce you to the work of the PCC and explain more about the system of press self regulation.

What is the PCC and how does it work?

Find out more about the PCC and how it operated, including the full range of sanctions available to it and its proactive work.

Key benefits of self regulation

You’ll see the term ‘self regulation’ quite frequently on this website. This page explains how this particular system of regulation is beneficial to the public, and explains its advantages over other possible options.


This page gives a comprehensive overview of the PCC’s history from its inception in 1991 to its closure in 2014.

Governance and Accountability

This section provides important information about how the PCC was funded. It also includes minutes of Commission meetings.

Did you know?

From stopping media harassment to details of training seminars and events, these pages highlight some of the PCC’s most interesting areas of work.