147/2018 Mr Luke and Evolve Politics
Publication: Evolve Politics
Date of complaint: 29 April 2018
Date complaint accepted: 26 September 2018
Date of Adjudication: 31 October 2018
Relevant Clauses: Accuracy 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint Dismissed. No Breach.
Summary of Complaint
1.1. The Complainant is Luke Smith, 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 Respondent is Evolve Media Limited, a news website covering current affairs that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 23/11/2017.
1.3. The complaint concerns an article that first appeared in the Evolve Politics on 26/03/2018 with the headline “The Jewish Voice Twitter Account is absolutely DESTROYING the media’s latest Corbyn anti-Semitism smear [TWEETS]”.
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, at the earliest opportunity.
1.4. Whilst free to be partisan, publishers must not misrepresent or distort the facts.