Complaint Adjudication - 117/2018

117/2018 Mr Graham Hindson and The Canary

Publication: The Canary
Date of complaint: 10 January 2018
Date complaint accepted: 24 January 2018
Date of Adjudication: 05 March 2018
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint Upheld in Part. Breach of Clause 1.4

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 Canary, a news website covering current affairs, that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 21 August 2017.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared on The Canary on 19 December 2017 with the headline “A fracking company has been caught using false information to ‘sway’ a council vote in its favour”.

1.4. The complaint is assessed against the IMPRESS Standards Code.

The relevant clauses are:

Clause 1 (Accuracy):

1.2 Publishers must correct any significant inaccuracy with due prominence, which should normally be equal prominence.

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

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117/2018 Mr Graham Hindson and The Canary