Complaint Adjudication - 257/2019

257/2019 Ashley Borges and Evolve Politics

Publication: Evolve Media Ltd (@evolvepolitics)
Date of complaint: 27 November 2019
Date complaint accepted: 07 January 2020
Date of adjudication: 10 February 2020
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.1 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint dismissed. No breach.

Summary of Complaint 

1.1. The Complainant is Ashley Borges, 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, which publishes online as Evolve Politics and is a news website covering current affairs that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 23 November 2017.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of a tweet posted by Evolve Politics on 27 November 2019. The @evolvepolitics Twitter account displays the Evolve Politics logo and strapline “truly independent news, media, option”.

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.

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

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