PRCA withdraws support for editorial committee

The PRCA has withdrawn from active membership of the National Committee on Editorial Independence as it does not believe it to be an effective means of combatting publishers who charge for editorial.

The PRCA has withdrawn from active membership of the National

Committee on Editorial Independence as it does not believe it to be an

effective means of combatting publishers who charge for editorial.



’This is not a core issue for the PRCA and not a good use of members’

fees,’ said chairman Adrian Wheeler.



The decision was taken after the committee approached the PRCA seeking

greater funds to step up its campaign.



John Rose, chairman of the committee, said the organisation is seeking

to step up its campaign after a significant victory last month when the

Periodical Publishers Association (PPA) agreed to change its stance on

the issue.



’The (committee) has obtained a ruling from the PPA that news releases

may not be converted into advertising and that individual publishers may

not decide for themselves what is or is not advertising,’ said Rose.



In 1998, over pounds 1 million was raised by publishers charging for the

publication of press releases through claims about costs related to text

management and colour separation.



The committee was created two years ago by organisations such as the

PRCA, IPR and National Union of Journalists to combat the practice of

charging for editorial.



’The PRCA cares about this issue, but we do not think it wise to pursue

it through this committee,’ said Wheeler.



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