Complaint Adjudication - 103/2017

103/2017 Cllr Owens and Cllr John and Llanelli Online

Publication: Llanelli Online
Date of complaint: 6 November 2017
Date complaint accepted: 25 April 2018
Date of Adjudication: 14 June 2018
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Dismissed. No Breach

Summary of Complaint

1.1. The Complainants are Cllr David Owens and Cllr Robert John, individuals personally and directly affected by the alleged breach of the Code.

1.2. The Respondent is Llanelli Online, a news site covering local affairs that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 15 August 2017.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared in Llanelli Online on 30 October 2017 with the headline “Pembrey and Burry Town Councillors sock it out in public”.

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.

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

1.4. Whilst free to be partisan, publishers must not misrepresent or distort the facts.

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