The Editor’s Code which covers accuracy, will be changed (amendment in italics):
Clause 1ii says – A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published. In cases involving the (Press Complaints) Commission, prominence should be agreed with the PCC in advance.
Editors Code Committee secretary Ian Beales said: “This amendment is designed to help kill the myth that newspapers and magazines routinely bury corrections. Research conducted by the PCC has shown this to be untrue – nearly 85% of PCC-negotiated corrections and apologies appear no further back than the original transgression, or in a designated corrections column. To see the new Code in 1-page A4 format click here.