The Press Complaints Commission handles complaints from members of the public. They sort out complaints between a person and a newspaper or magazine.
And the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel (TMAP) ensures that the sexual content of teenage magazines is presented in a responsible and appropriate way.
The PCC's rules cover four main things:
They deal with about 2500 complaints per year.
- ways in which news is collected
- vulnerable members of society, like children
Anyone who wants to complain should do so within one month from publication of an article.
What they cannot deal with:
- Things that have been sent to court but haven't been sorted out
- Adverts and competitions
- Matters of taste and decency