In developing this draft, IPSO has carried out a significant programme of engagement with editors, with IPSO committees and advisory groups, and others who expressed a wide range of views on the reporting of gender identity and sex.
This guidance is not mandatory but is intended to support editors and journalists to improve the quality of editorial decision-making, says the organisation.
The consultation is open to members of the public, journalists, experts, and anyone with an interest in reporting of this subject. It will last four weeks, ending at midday on Friday 10 March, 2023.
Jane Debois, head of standards and regulation at IPSO, said: “Sex and gender identity regularly features in the UK press and this non-binding guidance is intended to help understand how the Editors’ Code of Practice is applied in this area of reporting.
“Over the past nine months we have carried out extensive engagement with a wide range of interested groups, journalists, and publishers. The outcome is draft guidance designed to be a part of an editorial toolkit to support the decision-making process on stories about sex and gender identity. Like other IPSO guidance, its aim is to advise, not to prescribe, define, or limit choices made by journalists and editors.
“Most complaints to IPSO relate to accuracy (Clause 1). In this guidance, we have identified key themes to help editors navigate topics relating to the reporting of sex and gender identity. The guidance strikes a balance between freedom of expression and the rights of the individual not to face discrimination and intrusion.
“We are seeking views from people interested in this area to ensure we have the widest spectrum of opinion on the draft.”
IPSO regulation is an indicator of quality and accountable journalism. This draft guidance will help regulated publishers to maintain and demonstrate their value to the public, in print and online.
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