Press Complaints Commission PCC

the website of the Press Complaints Commission, codes of practice, making a complaint

… All members of the press have a duty to maintain the highest professional standards. The Code, which includes this preamble and the public interest exceptions below, sets the benchmark for those ethical standards, protecting both the rights of the individual and the public’s right to know. It is the cornerstone of the system of self-regulation to which the industry has made a binding commitment.
It is essential that an agreed code be honoured not only to the letter but in the full spirit … (full text Editor’s Code).

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Address:Press Complaints Commission, Halton House, 20/23 Holborn, London EC1N 2JD, UK;

About: This section is designed to introduce you to the work of the PCC and explain more about the system of press self regulation we uphold.

If you are looking for information about how to make a complaint, please click here. You might also find it helpful to have a look at our annual reviews. These provide a comprehensive summary of the PCC’s work, including a look at key cases, complaints statistics and special in-depth reports on topics such as privacy.

What is the PCC?

  • A helpful introduction to our work, this overview of the PCC and our services will give you a quick summary of what we do and point you in the direction of other useful areas of the website.

Key benefits of self regulation

  • You’ll see the term ‘self regulation’ quite frequently on this website. This page explains how this particular system of regulation is beneficial to the public, and explains its advantages over other possible options.


  • This page gives a comprehensive overview of the PCC’s history from its inception in 1991 to the present day.

Governance and Accountability

  • This section provides important information about how the PCC is funded; sets out our register of interests and Articles of Association; and explains what you can do if you have a complaint about the PCC. It also includes minutes of Commission meetings.

Did you know?

  • From our work stopping media harassment to details of our training seminars and events, these pages highlight some of the PCC’s most interesting areas of work that you might not know about.

Examples of successful anti-harassment and pre-publication work

  • The PCC is increasingly carrying out a large amount of work which helps to protect people’s privacy and minimise the risk of media harassment, particularly at times of grief or shock. This section gives some examples of some of our key successes in this area.

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