CIPR writes to Home Office on the value and importance of using responsible language
The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) has written to the Home Office on the value and importance of using responsible language.
The letter follows a Home Office animation shared on social media on the subject of migrant crossings which refers to lawyers providing legal advice to migrants as “activist lawyers”. The social media post has since been deleted.
The letter from the CIPR takes the opportunity to state our position that this language - particularly coming from official government source - was irresponsible and undemocratic and urges careful consideration to this in the future in order to maintain and enhance the reputation of government communicators.
I am pleased that the post with the offending language has been deleted. This example is an opportunity to remind all members of their duty under the CIPR Code of Conduct to maintain the highest standard of professionalism and integrity and to deal honestly and fairly in business with employers, employees, clients, fellow professionals, other professions and the public.
- CIPR's Code of Conduct can be found here.
About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations
Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the world's only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas with nearly 10,000 members.
The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).