Complaint Adjudication - 093/2017

093/2017 Mr Christopher Grey and The SKWAWKBOX

Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 13 October 2017
Date complaint accepted: 6 November 2017
Date of Adjudication: 15 December 2017
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint Upheld. Breach of Clause 1.4. Publisher to publish a short homepage correction with a link to the full adjudication

Summary of Complaint

1.1. The Complainant is Christopher Grey, 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 The SKWAWKBOX, a news website covering current affairs, that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 1 October 2017.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared on The SKWAWKBOX on 12 October 2017 with the headline “Penniless UC claimants pay 55p/min to call govt. Guess what millionaires pay”.

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

The relevant clause is:

Clause 1 (Accuracy):

1.4 Whilst free to be partisan, publishers must not misrepresent or distort the facts.

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093/2017 Mr Christopher Grey and The SKWAWKBOX