Financial Times will now have Rising Sun ethics

Being sold to Nikkei brings a Japanese-style code of behaviourThe FT has not joined the Independent Press Standards Organisation, or its rival Impress project; it is doing its own regulation thing. And it’s worth pausing over that decision as the Pink One becomes a Rising Sun under Nikkei ownership. Why should a “multi-channel, digital-first news organisation” (the official self description) worry about British royal charters and attendant pressures?Answer: it shouldn’t – and won’t. The Nikkei and other papers in the takeover group belong to Nihon Shinbun Kyokai (the national editors and publishers association). That runs total self-regulation, monitored in-house according to various “canons” of conduct, including one that says “member papers should maintain decency both editorially and in the area of advertising; and in their circulation practices they should at all times exercise moderation and good sense”. Doesn’t leave much for rampaging MPs to growl about. Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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