106/2017 Mr Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX
Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 29 November 2017
Date complaint accepted: 13 December 2017
Date of Adjudication: 01 March 2018
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.1, 1.3 and 1.4 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 12 October 2017 with the headline “Tory #CutsKill 120,000 people”.
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.
1.3 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.