Ex-minister to lead Press regulator IPSO
A FORMER justice minister is to take over as head of the Independent Press Standards Organisation.
Edward Faulks will become the Press regulator’s chairman on January 1.
The older brother of novelist Sebastian, he became a QC in 1996 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 010.
He served as justice minister from 014 to 016, but no longer takes the Conservative whip and now sits as an independent peer.
He will succeed Sir Alan Moses, who became IPSO’s first chairman in 014 when the regulator was set up in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry. Lord Faulks said: ‘The freedom of the Press is a crucial part of our democracy, but with that freedom comes responsibility.
‘ The widely publicised abuses which led to the Leveson Report made it essential that there should be an independent and effective regulator, as IPSO is, to hold the Press to account.
‘I will work for those that feel wronged, holding publishers to account to the standards encompassed in the Editors’ Code.’
Sir Hayden Phillips, chairman of the IPSO Appointments Panel, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to appoint someone of Edward Faulks’ authority and calibre.
‘The strength of the field we were able to attract... reflects the progress made in independent self-regulation of the Press under the leadership of Sir Alan.’