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Parliament turns regulation spotlight on PR industry

Report examines the relationship between investigative journalism and public relations.

A new report on the future of investigative journalism has put the spotlight on the largely unregulated PR industry and called for the introduction of tougher regulations.

The Lords Communication Committee has been taking evidence from across the media over the last six months, with much of it focused on the "adverse impact" of public relations on investigative journalism, and concluded that PRs should be forced to abide by a "stringent code of behaviour".

This could be derived from the existing Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) - but at present just one sixth of PRs are signed up to body's code of conduct.

Read more at Press Gazette