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Role: Maire Messenger Davies

Role: Maire Messenger Davies

Role: Maire Messenger Davies

A Northern Ireland woman has been appointed to the board of the officially recognised UK Press regulator.

Maire Messenger Davies is a Professor of Media Studies at Ulster University.

The Press Recognition Panel, set up under a Royal Charter after the Leveson inquiry, has given its backing to Impress.

Campaign group Hacked Off has welcomed the move, but bodies representing the Press warned it will bring "state-sponsored" regulation of newspapers.

Impress has few members, and most major newspapers instead signed up to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, a voluntary independent body which is not backed by the government.

Belfast Telegraph