UKPCA - tighter checks on the cards?
NAPA representative on the UKPCA, Paul Stewart, is attending a meeting of the gatekeepers' council tomorrow.
Paul has has mentioned that consideration is going to be given to the introduction of more stringent checks on persons to whom press cards are issued.
Ideas under consideration can be classed as "positive vetting" which will involve the applicant producing evidence of his/her identity in the form of a passport or driving licence and utility bill(s)
It is also being suggested that new applicants, and perhaps existing card-holders, should be subject to a CRB check.
While it is not suggested that a criminal record would preclude a person from being granted a press card it is possible that recent convictions for certain offences would be notified to the card holder's employer.
This is an issue that is under active consideration and NAPA would would welcome the views of members.
Emails will be forwarded to Paul in order to inform the deliberations of the UKPCA.
Please send your views and comments to email@example.com and/or follow the link to the UKPCA web site.