Complaint Adjudication - 055/2017

055/2017 Mr Paul Trotman and Caerphilly Media Limited

Publication: Caerphilly Observer
Date of complaint: 5 May 2017
Date complaint accepted: 30 April 2017
Date of Adjudication: 11 July 2017
Relevant Clauses: Clause 1 Accuracy (i) and (ii) of the Editors’ Code
Outcome: Complaint dismissed. No breach

Summary of Complaint

1.1. The Complainant is Paul Trotman, a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information. He has confirmed to IMPRESS by e-mail dated 31 May 2017 that he is not an affected party or the representative of an affected party.

1.2. The Respondent is Caerphilly Observer, a news, sport and information website and free fortnightly printed newspaper covering Caerphilly County Borough in South Wales, that has been regulated by IMPRESS since July 2016.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared in the Caerphilly Observer Online on 5 January 2017 with the headline “What is going on? The full story of the £2.5m council pay scandal”. The article was also published as a two-page spread in the print edition of the Caerphilly Observer.

1.4. The complaint is assessed against the Editors’ Code of Practice, which was the standards code adopted by IMPRESS at the time the article complained about was first published.

The relevant clauses are:

Clause 1: Accuracy

(i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images, including headlines not supported by text, and Case Ref: 0055/2017 3

(ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion must be corrected promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published.

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