Complaint Adjudication - 091/2017

091/2017 Mr Simon Just and Byline

Publication: Byline
Date of complaint:  5 October 2017
Date complaint accepted: 7 November 2017
Date of Adjudication: 23 January 2018
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.1 and 1.2 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint Upheld. Breach of Clauses 1.1 and 1.2. Publisher to publish a short homepage correction with a link to the full adjudication

Summary of Complaint

1.1. The Complainant is Simon Just, a third party seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information. He has confirmed to IMPRESS that he is not an affected party or the representative of an affected party.

1.2. The Publisher is Byline, a news website covering current affairs, that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 14 September 2016.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article by Mark Watts (the Author) that first appeared on Byline on 4 October 2017 with the headline “Operation Conifer: Mike Veale ‘appalled by previous cover-ups over child sexual abuse”.

1.4. The complaint is assessed against the IMPRESS Standards Code.

The relevant clauses are:

Clause 1 (Accuracy):

1.1 Publishers must take all reasonable steps to ensure accuracy.

1.2 Publishers must correct any significant inaccuracy with due prominence, which should normally be equal prominence, at the earliest opportunity.

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091/2017 Mr Simon Just and Byline