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The Divisional Court has delivered judgment in a claim brought by News Media Association against the Press Recognition Panel challenging the recognition of IMPRESS as an independent regulator of the press.

The News Media Association argued that IMPRESS does not meet the requirements of the Royal Charter which was set up following the Leveson report. It claimed that IMPRESS did not represent a sufficient proportion of the press, was not self-funding and was not independent and impartial. 

The Divisional Court upheld the approval of IMPRESS as an independent press regulator and refused permission to appeal. 

Lord Pannick QC and Iain Steele represented the News Media Association.

Ben Jaffey QC represented the Press Recognition Panel.

Tom Hickman represented IMPRESS.