How many sanctions have been made against publications

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Dear Press Complaints Commission,

I am writing to request for information regarding the sanctions you may impose of publications.

As such, could you please provide me with the total number of actions you have taken against publications, including remedy negotiation, published judgements, letters of reprimand and referring of editors to publishers, between 2008 - 2011.

Yours faithfully,
Arron Carr

Catherine Speller, Press Complaints Commission

Dear Arron

 

Please find below a response to your query on behalf of the PCC. First of
all, I should let you know that the PCC is not subject to the Freedom of
Information Act though we try to make our procedures as transparent as
possible. There is more information about this on or website:
[1]http://pcc.org.uk/faqs.html#faq3_10

 

It would be worth you looking through our annual reports which contain
full breakdowns and explanations of our complaints statistics, all of
which are available online: [2]http://pcc.org.uk/reports2/index.html This
will give you a much more complete picture of the PCC’s work. You will
also find a monthly breakdown of all complaints concluded by the PCC from
2009 onwards here:
[3]http://www.pcc.org.uk/cases/monthlycompl... which may
be of interest.

 

In response to your specific queries:

 

2008

In 2008, the PCC issued rulings or brokered amicable resolutions in
respect of 1420 cases. Of these, 552 complaints were resolved to the
satisfaction of the complainant. 45 complaints were adjudicated by the
Commission; 24 of these adjudications were upheld (requiring the
publication to publish a copy of the PCC's critical adjudication); and 21
were not upheld.

 

2009

In 2009, the PCC issued rulings or brokered amicable resolutions in
respect of 1695 cases. Of these, 609 complaints were resolved to the
satisfaction of the complainant. 39 complaints were adjudicated by the
Commission; 18 of these adjudications were upheld; and 21 were not upheld.

 

2010

In 2010, the PCC issued rulings or brokered amicable resolutions in
respect of 1687 cases. Of these, 544 complaints were resolved to the
satisfaction of the complainant. 40 complaints were adjudicated by the
Commission; 18 of these adjudications were upheld, 19 were not upheld and
in 3 cases the Commission ruled that there had been a breach of the Code
but that the publication had offered sufficient action to remedy the
breach.

 

2011

In 2011, the PCC issued rulings or brokered amicable resolutions in
respect of 1713 cases. Of these, 597 complaints were resolved to the
satisfaction of the complainant. 42 complaints were adjudicated by the
Commission; 20 of these adjudications were upheld, 14 were not upheld and
in 8 cases the Commission ruled that there had been a breach of the Code
but that the publication had offered sufficient action to remedy the
breach.

 

In terms of letters of reprimand and referring of editors to publishers,
at present this information is not made publicly available. You might be
interested to read an outline of Lord Hunt’s proposal for a new regulatory
system here: [4]http://www.pcc.org.uk/news/index.html?ar...
(click on the first link).

 

Best wishes

Catherine

 

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