173/2018 Ms Moira McLaughlin and The SKWAWKBOX
Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 6 September 2018
Date complaint accepted: 17 October 2018
Date of adjudication: 21 December 2018
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.4 and Harassment 5.2 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint upheld in part. Breach of Clause 1.4. No breach of Clause 5.2. Publisher to publish correction along side the full adjudication.
Summary of complaint
1. The Complainant is Ms Moira McLaughlin, an individual directly affected by the alleged breach of the Code.
2. The Publisher is The SKWAWKBOX, a news website covering current affairs that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 1 October 2017.
3. The complaint concerns an article that first appeared in the SKWAWKBOX on 6 September 2018 with the headline “EXCL: TIMES’ STAR WITNESS FOR WIRRAL ‘MILITANT’ BULLYING STORY – WASN’T PRESENT”.
4. The complaint is assessed against the IMPRESS Standards Code.
The relevant clauses are:
Clause 1 (Accuracy)
1.4. Whilst free to be partisan, publishers mist not misrepresent or distort the facts.
Clause 5 (Harassment)
5.2. Except where justified by the public interest, publishers must ensure that journalists:
a) Do not engage in deception;
b) Always identify themselves as journalists and provide the name of their publication when making contact; and
c) Comply immediately with any reasonable request to desist from contacting, following or photographing a person.