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Below is a list of some other organisations that may be of assistance with complaints or information about the media:


Other regulators

Advertising Standards Authority -

The ASA deals with complaints about the content of advertisements, sales promotions and direct marketing material in the UK - including those published in newspapers and magazines.

Alliance of Independent Press Councils of Europe (AIPCE) -

AIPCE is a loose network of content regulators for both the press and broadcast media in Europe. The PCC is an active member of the group and administers its website.


The BBC has its own complaints procedure for radio and television programmes. Ofcom can also deal with complaints about about editorial standards in radio and television broadcasts (but not online items or the World Service). Ofcom takes complaints about BBC issues except impartiality, inaccuracy and some commercial issues which remain the responsibility of the BBC Trust.

Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee -

The DA Notice system (which is overseen by the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee), is a voluntary code that provides guidance to the British media on the publication or broadcasting of national security information.


Ofcom is the regulator for the UK communications industries, with responsibilities across television, radio, telecommunications and wireless communications services. For BBC matters see above.

Press Councils worldwide -

For information and contact details for Press Councils throughout the world.

Teenage Magazine Arbitration panel (TMAP) -

The Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel (TMAP) is the magazine industry's self-regulatory body which ensures that the sexual content of teenage magazines is presented in a responsible and appropriate manner.

PhonepayPlus -

PhonepayPlus is the industry-funded regulatory body for all premium rate charged telecommunications services.

Press Organisations

Association of Online Publishers -

The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is an industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content.

Editors' Code of Practice Committee -

The Editors' Code of Practice Committee, writes and revises the voluntary code of standards overseen by the Press Complaints Commission. It also publishes the Editors' Codebook, a practical handbook for journalists and editors which explains the Code of Practice and the PCC's key rulings in detail.

Society of Editors -

The Society of Editors has more than 400 members in national, regional and local newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and new media, journalism education and media law. It campaigns for media freedom, self regulation, the public's right to know and the maintenance of standards in journalism.

The Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) -

The Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) is the trade association for UK magazine and B2B media publishers. PPA represents 300 publisher members, publishing 3,000 magazine titles, as well as exhibitions, directories and interactive products. Magazine and B2B media companiesgenerate around £6.2bn of turnover, which is about 10 per cent of the combined turnover of the UK creative industries.

Newspaper Society (NS) -

The Newspaper Society represents and promotes the interests of Britain's regional and local press. It was founded in 1836 and is believed to be the oldest publishers' association in the world.

Advice bodies

Citizen Advice Bureau -

The Citizens Advice service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to the public on a range of services. It publishes a range of online advice and information (in which the PCC is featured) at -

Victim Support -

Victim Support is the independent charity which helps people cope with the effects of crime. Its support is free, and offered on a confidential basis.


Guidelines for reporting HIV -

The National Aids Trust (NAT) have produced a practical guide for journalists and editors writing about HIV. It is designed to give up-to-date information and guidance on where to find further information on the subject.

Supplementary information can be found here

For journalists in Scotland, the organisation HIV Scotland may be of help. It's website is

Time to Change media guidelines -

A handbook for journalists giving practical guidance on the reporting of mental illness.

Media Guidelines for reporting suicide -

Samaritans Media Guidelines are aimed at those reporting suicide in any media from factual description to dramatic portrayal. They briefly outline suicide facts, media myths, signs of suicide risk and offer recommended phrases to use when talking about suicide.

Teacher Support Network -

Teacher Support Network is an independent charity dedicated to improving the wellbeing and effectiveness of training, serving and retired teachers. The PCC has provided information to the TSN about press reporting of teachers who have been accused of unsuitable behaviour towards children and young people which is available here.

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