Ref NoGUA/6/1/1/1/2/2/17
TitleThe Press Council
DateAugust 1979 - October 1992
Extent1 file (3 folders)
Creator NameGuardian Newspapers Limited; Editor's Office; Peter Preston (1938-2018)
DescriptionCorrespondence between Peter Preston and the Press Council (PC) concerning the general conduct of the press and complaints made to the PC relating to articles published in the Guardian and Observer newspapers, August 1979 - October 1992.

Subjects covered include press conduct concerning: an article by John Torode on Sir John Methven (director general of the Confederation of British Industry), January 1980; the trial of Peter Sutcliffe, June 1981; the Zodiac Test, January 1983 - March 1985; financial journalism, March - April 1985; review of the V&A Boilerhouse, November - December 1985; Oxford Pro Musica, December 1985 - June 1986; identification in rape cases, March 1986 - July 1988; the publication of a letter and cartoon with reference to the Brighton IRA bombing, April - June 1987; disorderly behavior by football fans, October - November 1987; photographic coverage of murdered individuals, April - July 1988; the naming of children in criminal trials, February 1989; fur trade, March 1989; Hillsborough tragedy, April 1989 and disturbances at Strangeways Prison, April - May 1990.

Also includes copies of complaints made to the PC, c1979-c1990; 'The Press Council report to the Council of the committee reviewing its role and function', December 1989, with associated correspondence, February 1989 - January 1990; notes of meetings of the National Press Association held to discuss the report, January - March 1990; correspondence concerning complaints procedures, May 1983 and the Press Complaints Commission's take over from the Press Council, December 1990 and a precis of complaints to the Press Complaints Commission requiring formal adjudication, week ending 9 October 1992.
Access StatusOpen(part)
Access ConditionsSubject to access restrictions in line with the Data Protection Act.
FormatPrinted document

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