This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government

Petition Newspaper apologies or corrections must be same size and page of original story.

We propose that the correction articles or apologies must legally be the same size and on the same page/s as the original article to avoid the public being mislead, and that the wording of the apology or correction be written by IPSO to ensure freedom from editorial bias.

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Newspapers will often print a dramatic front page/two-page spread story containing misleading information/misrepresentation, or even categoric untruths. Public opinions are created through the strong dramatised headlines/stories. These false opinions based on incorrect information can be very damaging and divisive to our society. When the subsequent correction or apology article is printed obscurely, it is often not read. Public opinion is not corrected, the damage has been, and remains done.

This petition is closed This petition ran for 6 months

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Government responded

This response was given on 13 April 2016

The Government is committed to independent press self-regulation and does not interfere with decisions taken by press regulators

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This government upholds the core principle of freedom of expression, recognising the invaluable role a free press plays in our cultural and democratic life. We are committed to independent self-regulation of the press and do not interfere in settling press complaints, as long as the press abides by the law particularly with regard to libel and defamation. It is therefore not the role of government to interfere with the practices of independent regulators with regard to the printing of apologies or corrections.

Independent press self-regulators, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and IMPRESS, have an editors’ code to which their members are expected to adhere, and, in line with Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations, they have the power to direct the placement and prominence of apologies and corrections. On several occasions IPSO has ordered apologies and corrections to be made on the front page.

Department for Culture, Media and Sport