Harassed by journalists
In addition to dealing with complaints about published material under the terms of the , IPSO can help individuals who are being harassed by a journalist or photographer. Unless there is a public interest for doing so, journalists should not follow or persistently question people once they have been asked to desist. This is a requirement of Clause 4 (Harassment) of the Editors' Code, which states:
IPSO can help with unwanted approaches by journalists or photographers by passing on a private advisory message to relevant editors. This will make clear to the relevant newsdesks that an individual is being harassed and does not wish to speak to the media, and should help to prevent further unwanted approaches. The circulation list used by IPSO for this service includes broadcasters as well as national editors. Messages can either be sent to relevant editors across the industry, or can be tailored to focus on local and regional media as appropriate. IPSO staff will advise (on a confidential basis) if this service is appropriate for an individual to use, based on the particular circumstances of the case.
This service is operated on a 24 hour emergency basis and can be accessed on . . During office hours (Monday-Friday 9am – 5.30pm), please contact 0300 123 2220