Sunday, June 16, 2024

Political parties urged to seek press regulation for fake local papers

PRESS watchdog Impress has urged political parties to seek “rigorous and independent press regulation” for fake local newspapers they publish. 

The standards body, which already regulates a number of national and local titles, has written to eight different political parties to implore them to take action on the issue.

The plea comes amid controversy over recent examples of the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats aping regional press titles, which have been highlighted by HTFP.

In addition to the Tories and Lib Dems, the letter from Impress chief executive Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana has also been sent to Labour, the Scottish National Party, Plaid Cymru, the Green Party, Sinn Féin and the Democratic Unionist Party.

Lexie, wrote in the letter: “For democracy to flourish, it is essential that we have a thriving, healthy and trusted news media ecosystem.

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