The editors code is a internal media regulation. It is not a law but is a code of conduct which was created by the journalism industry itself. If you were to breach the code it would result in a fine, suspension, dismissal, being ‘black listed’ but not arrested. If the something is in the public interest, the code may be breached. It focuses on Journalism ethics, the rights and wrongs, dos and don’ts.

The editors code covers 16 areas, 8 of which have public interest exceptions. These are:

  • Privacy
  • Harassment
  • Children
  • Children in sex cases
  • Hospitals
  • Reporting crime
  • Clandestine devices and subterfuge
  • Payment to criminals.


Everybody is entitled to their own private family life, home, health, and correspondence including digital communication. This means that it is unacceptable to photograph somebody in a private place without consent. A private place could be public or not. This can be breached if it is in the publics best interest.

The internet has brought in a whole new dimension to this, this is because once an image is released online it will spread quickly and will be very hard to get back or delete.

An example of a celebrity that has sued for breaching the editors code,an invasion of privacy is Bradley Cooper.

“Bradley Cooper is the latest celebrity to sue the French gossip magazine Oops. In court documents obtained once again by Gossip Cop, the actor is suing for invasion of privacy since the tabloid wrote about his love life with Irina Shayk.” –