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Draft: UK Charter for Press Self-Regulation

Draft: UK Charter for Press Self-Regulation

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FINALDRAFT ROYAL CHARTER ON SELF-REGULATION OF THE PRESSELIZABETH THE SECOND by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom of Great Britainand Northern Ireland and of Our other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of theCommonwealth, Defender of the Faith:TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME, GREETING!
WHEREAS on 13
th
July 2011The First Lord of Our Treasuryannounced to Our Parliament  holden at Westminster the establishment of an Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethicsof the press: AND WHEREAS Angela FrancesBaroness Browning,
 
Minister of State at the Home Officeand the Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt, Our Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Mediaand Sport appointed the Right Honourable Lord Justice Leveson as Chairman of this Inquiry,pursuant to section 3(1)(a) of the Inquiries Act 2005, by letter dated 28
th
July 2011, to beassisted by a panel of senior independent persons with relevant expertise in media,broadcasting, regulation and government appointed as Assessors under section 11(2)(a) of that Act: AND WHEREAS the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry included provision for the making of recommendations for a new more effective policy and regulatory regime which supports theintegrity and freedom of the press, the plurality of the media, and its independence, includingfrom Government, while encouraging the highest ethical and professional standards: AND WHEREAS the Report of the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Presswas presented to Parliament pursuant to section 26 of the Inquiries Act 2005 on 29
th
 November 2012: AND WHEREAS the Report of the Inquiry recommended that for an effective system of self-regulation to be established, all those parts of the press which are significant newspublishers should become members of an independent regulatory body: AND WHEREAS the independent regulatory body which is intended to be the successor tothe Press Complaints Commission should put forward the Editors
Code of Practice as itsinitial code of standards: AND WHEREAS the Report of the Inquiry recommended that there should be a mechanismto recognise and certify an independent regulatory body or bodies for the press, and that theresponsibility for such recognition and certification should rest with a recognition body: AND WHEREAS the Report of the Inquiry recommended that such a recognition bodyshould not be involved in the regulation of the press: AND WHEREAS it is in the interests of Our People that there should be a body corporateestablished for the purpose of determining recognition of an independent regulatory body or bodies, in pursuance of the recommendations of the Report of the Inquiry.
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NOW KNOW YE that We by Our Prerogative Royalandof Our especial grace, certainknowledge and mere motion do by this Our Charter for Us, Our Heirs and Successorswill, ordain and declare as follows:1. INCORPORATION
1.1. There shall be a body corporate known as the Recognition Panel.1.2. There shall be a Board of the Recognition Panel which shall be responsible for the
conduct and management of the Recognition Panel’s business and affairs, in
accordance with the further terms of this Charter.1.3. The Members of the Board of the Recognition Panel shall be the only Members of the body corporate, but membership of the body corporate shall not enable anyindividual to act otherwise than through the Board to which he belongs.
2. TERM OF CHARTER
2.1. Articles 3.2 and 5 and Schedules 1 (
 Appointments and Terms of Membership
) and4 (
Interpretation
) shall take effect on the day following the date the Charter issealed.2.2.The remainder of this Charter shall take effect fromthe day after the last date that the Chair and the initial Members of the Board of the Recognition Panel areappointed, and the Panel shall be duly established on that day.2.3. This Charter shall continue in force unless and until it is dissolved, in accordancewith Article 10, by Us, Our Heirs or Successors in Council, or otherwise.
3. PURPOSE
3.1. The Purpose for which the Recognition Panel is established and incorporated is tocarry on activities relating to the recognition of Regulators in accordance with theterms of this Charter.3.2. Provisions and definitions to assist in the interpretation of this Charter arecontained in Schedule 4 (
Interpretation
).
4. FUNCTIONS
4.1. The Recognition Panel has the functions, in accordance with the terms of thisCharter, of:a) determining applications for recognition from Regulators;b) reviewing whether a Regulator which has been granted recognition shallcontinue to be recognised;c) withdrawing recognition from a Regulator where the Recognition Panel issatisfied that the Regulator ceases to be entitled to recognition; and
 
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d) reporting on any success or failure of the recognition system.4.2.In performing the functions in Article 4.1 the Board shall:a)apply the Scheme of Recognition set out in Schedule 2(
Scheme of Recognition
); andb) manage the assets of the Recognition Panel efficiently and effectively so as
to best achieve the Recognition Panel’s Purpose.
 4.3. The functions of the Recognition Panel shall be public functions.
5. APPOINTMENTS AND MEMBERSHIP
5.1. The Board of the Recognition Panel shall
 
consist of a Chair and no fewer than 4and no more than 8 other Members.5.2. Appointments to the Board of the Recognition Panel, and the terms of suchappointments, shall be regulated by Schedule 1 (
 Appointments and Terms of Membership)
.
6. GOVERNANCE
6.1. Subject to the terms of this Article, the Board shall determine and regulate its ownprocedures for conducting its business and discharging its functions under thisCharter.6.2. The Board shall not delegate the following decisions:a) A decision to recognise or withdraw recognition from a Regulator inaccordance with the Scheme of Recognition;b) A decision to undertake an ad hoc review in accordance with the Scheme of Recognition.6.3. The Board shall put in place arrangements by which a Member can:a) register his interests or any other matter he considers relevant to the Purposeof the Recognition Panel;b) determine whether any interest he holds, directly or indirectly, gives rise to aconflict of interest;c) declare such conflicts to the Board; andd) absent himself from decision-making where the Board determines it isappropriate so to do.6.4. The Board shall publish its procedures.
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