Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press

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The Royal Charter on self-regulation of the press is a United Kingdom royal charter approved in 2013. The Queen set her seal on the document at a meeting of the Privy Council after the failure of two High Court actions by Pressbof to prevent it.[1] The operation of the Charter comes under two Acts of Parliament, the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.[2]

The Charter creates the Press Recognition Panel (PRP) as a corporation to carry out activities relating to the recognition of press regulators.[3] In a last-minute change the government decided that the system would not come into effect until a year after the PRP was established, taking the process beyond the 2015 general election.[4]

In October 2016 IMPRESS became the UK's first approved press regulator after its application for recognition under the Royal Charter was granted.[5]

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  1. ^ Burrell, Ian (30 October 2013). "Queen sets seal on cross-party politicians' charter for press regulation". The Independent. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Young, Toby (8 October 2013). "Nothing Maria Miller said will make the press more likely to sign up to Hacked Off's Royal Charter". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Para 3.1 of Royal Charter
  4. ^ Wintour, Patrick (30 October 2013). "Press regulation royal charter given go-ahead by the Queen". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Panel Gives Alternative Press Regulator Royal Charter". Press Gazette. 

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