| INTERNATIONAL WORK
Press self-regulation is by no means unique to the United Kingdom. Indeed, organisations similar to the Press Complaints Commission exist in most European countries. Since its establishment in 1999, the Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE) has provided the arena for much of the PCC’s international work. The Alliance is a loose network of organisations which meets annually; its conferences enable press council representatives to discuss topical issues, to exchange ideas and to offer and receive advice. To find out more about AIPCE, and for links to media regulatory authorities in Europe and elsewhere in the world, please visit www.aipce.net.
Aside from its work within AIPCE, the PCC is always happy to liaise with and advise other press councils on a one-to-one basis. The Commission has recently worked closely with counterpart bodies in Bulgaria, Peru, Ukraine, Bosnia, Ghana, South Africa and Sri Lanka. It cannot offer financial assistance and will only act in an advisory capacity when its involvement is explicitly requested. Nevertheless, the PCC is always keen to help strengthen self-regulatory systems abroad; just as it is forever seeking to improve the service it provides at home.
Members of AIPCE maintain close contact with pan-European organisations such as the European Commission, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the OSCE and regularly participate in information-sharing, conferences and so on.
We welcome international delegations to the PCC on a frequent basis, both through visits organised the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Thomson Foundation, BBC Media Action and others, and through direct contact from journalists, editors and regulators.
The PCC and the Council of Europe
The PCC has participated in a major Council of Europe project to ‘Speak out against Discrimination' in the media. The project examined the role that self-regulation can play in rooting out prejudice, noting that there is not necessarily a single solution to suit all geographical areas. To see the final report of the project please click here.The Commission regularly works with external organisations, both in the UK and elsewhere, to promote the effectiveness of, and access to, media self-regulation.