Complaint Adjudication - 096/2017

096/2018 Mr Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX

Publication: The Skwawkbox
Date of complaint: 23 October 2017
Date complaint accepted: 1 November 2017
Date of Adjudication: 1 December 2017
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.1 and 1.3 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint Upheld in Part. Breach of Clause 1.3. Publisher to publish a short homepage clarification with a link to the full adjudication

Summary of Complaint

1.1. The Complainant is Graham Hindson, a third party seeking to ensure 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 21 October 2017 with the headline “Reckless BBC publishes names and addresses of protestors”.

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; and 1.3 Publishers must always distinguish clearly between statements of fact, conjecture and opinion.

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096/2017 Mr Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX