119/2018 Mr Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX
Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 21 January 2018
Date complaint accepted: 14 February 2018
Date of Adjudication: 08 May 2018
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint Upheld in Part. Breach of Clause 1.2. Publisher to publish a short homepage correction with a link to the full adjudication
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 4 December 2017 with the headline “NHS thirty-six
THOUSAND nurses – over 11% - short but real picture far worse”.
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.
1.4 Whilst free to be partisan, Publishers must not misrepresent or distort the facts.