Ethics and Accountability in the Best of the Web UK Directory

Ethics and Accountability

BBC Editorial Guidelines

The BBC's collection of resources about their values and standards, guidelines, and supplementary guidance and practical tips.

The DA Notice System

Explains the DA notice system, which is the government method of officially request news editors not to publish or broadcast items on specified subjects for reasons of national security.

Flat Earth News

Information about a book by an award-winning journalist exploring the mechanics of falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the media; includes background materials and ordering details.

Full Fact

An independent fact-checking organisation, removing the spin from political statements and make it easier to see the facts and context behind the claims made by the key players in British political debate.

Glasgow Media Group

A group of researchers, academics, broadcasters, journalists and others working to develop new methodologies and research in the area of media and communications. With profiles, and a guide to their projects and publications.

Hacked Off

A campaign established in July 2011 arguing for a full public inquiry into phone hacking and other forms of illegal intrusion by the press; includes a petition, blog, and contacts. hackinginquiry

Independent Press Standards Organisation

Independent regulator for the newspaper and magazine industry in the UK.

Leveson Inquiry

Official site of this inquiry, set up by the government in 2011, and chaired by Lord Justice Leveson. The inquiry examines the culture, practices and ethics of the British media, particularly in the light of tabloid phone hacking scandal.

Leveson Report

Gives the full text of Lord Justice Leveson's 2012 report into culture, pratices and ethics of the press.

Mail Watch Forum

Aims to expose alleged political bias and inaccuracies in the Daily Mail newspaper.

Media Lens

Written by experienced and established journalists; aims to highlight mainstream media bias and censorship. Includes discussion forum.

Media Reform

Campaigns for a more democratic and accountable media, where diversity, public interest and ethical journalism come before the private gain of a few media moguls.

Media Wise Trust

Independent charity providing training and advice on media ethics in the UK. Contains articles on a variety of themes including the press and children, conflict, diversity, suicide and health.


The watchdog and activist organisation campaigns for socially responsible broadcasting, and against that which is deemed offensive or harmful, such as violence, pornography and profanity. Examples of its work are presented on its site, including annual reports and contacts.

Meeja Law

A collection of news, resources, and discussion on media law and ethics, for digital publishers.

NUJ Ethics

Provides the NUJ Code of Conduct, with guidelines to download for particular topics; also includes details of their support for their journalists in the field of ethics.

The Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel

Magazine industry's self-regulatory body which ensures that the sexual content of teenage magazines is presented in a responsible and appropriate manner. Includes details of the complaints procedure, guidelines and research reports.

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