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21. There is currently an obligation placed on the press13 and broadcast media14 to correct inaccurate and misleading material, which means that untrue defamatory material should be removed. However, adherence to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) Code is purely voluntary, and although there is a statutory obligation on the broadcasting media, the internet is specifically excluded. This means that the controls to which ISPs are subject are entirely voluntary and codes of conduct apply only where the ISP signs up with an organisation such as ISPA15 or in situations where the PCC Code may apply. If a single publication rule were to be adopted it could therefore be necessary to consider whether there was a need to strengthen these provisions.

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