Complaint Adjudication - 151/2018

151/2018 Mr Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX

Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 04 June 2018
Date complaint accepted: 04 June 2018
Date of Adjudication: 18 July 2018
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.1, 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 Saturday 2 June 2018 with the headline “FCO: Johnson will not delete Babchenko murder tweet – even though he’s not dead”.

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.

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151/2018 Mr Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX