Complaint Adjudication - 111/2017

111/2017 Mr Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX

Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 11 December 2017
Date complaint accepted: 19 January 2018
Date of Adjudication: 09 March 2018
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.2 and 1.3 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint Dismissed. No Breach.

Summary of Complaint

1.1. The Complainant is Graham Hindson, 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 5 January 2018 with the headline “Labour activist under further malicious attacks”.

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

The relevant clauses are:

Clause 1 (Accuracy):

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

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

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111/2017 Mr Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX