Accountability of The Sun

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2009 at 11:31 am

The Media Standards Trust has had a lot of contact with people in response to our report: A More Accountable Press. Journalists, politicians and the public have all come forward with their views of the extent to which self-regulation is working for the press and the public.

One group of people with particular experience of holding the press to account is the third sector. In particular, those charities which represent vulnerable groups in society. We’ve now heard from more than one source that The Sun is one of the best newspapers at trying to be responsible.

Leaders in the third sector have told us how when they complain about a newspaper’s coverage, they often don’t get very far and, in some instances, have even received rude or dismissive replies. However, after some healthy nudging, The Sun has often been one of the most responsive newspapers. We’ve heard how they have gone further than anyone else to ensure their journalists use the right terminology, understand the sensitivities of certain stories and, when in doubt, that senior reporters have even proactively got in touch to seek advice.

There are, of course, people who are still unhappy with The Sun: Liverpool fans in particular. But it’s good to hear positive experiences and particularly of a newspaper which some prefer to dismiss as being part of the ‘gutter press’. Well done, The Sun.


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