171/2018 Mr Wes Streeting and The SKWAWKBOX
Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 29 April 2018
Date complaint accepted: 03 September 2018
Date of adjudication: 19 November 2018
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint upheld in part. Breach of Clause 1.1. No breach of Clause 1.2 and 1.4. Publisher to publish the full adjudication.
Summary of Complaint
1.1. The Complainant is Wes Streeting, an individual directly affected by the alleged breach of the Code.
1.2. The Respondent is The SKWAWBOX, 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 in the SKWAWKBOX on 20 April 2018 with the headline “STREETING ‘SHOUTS IN ABBOT’S FACE’, ARRANGES MARCH AGAINST ‘WINDRUSH CHILD’”.
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.
1.4. Whilst free to be partisan, publishers must not misrepresent or distort the facts