I do not have confidence in the independence or effectiveness of IPSO and the Editors’ Code Committee, on account of IPSO’s failure to meet the standard of “Recognition” as assessed by the Press Recognition Panel.
Nonetheless, this submission highlights several areas where the Code is in urgent need of improvement and reform which I hope the Committee will consider.
Women continue to suffer undue sexualisation in the press, including women in public life.
The code should be amended with a new clause requiring the press to avoid sexualising women in public life, and to prohibit the publication of images of women where intimate parts of their body or underwear are visible without their consent.
The code should require publishers to refrain from sexualisation or objectification of all women which is both undue and overt, having regard for the context of any coverage, and unless explicit consent has been given to the contrary.
Guidelines on domestic violence reporting from advocacy group Level UP have been ignored by newspapers. These should be incorporated into the Code.
The code should be amended to add a new clause, which should state the following:
iii. Crimes involving death or injury perpetrated by a partner, former partner or family member should be referred to as domestic violence.