264/2019 Gina Miller and Unity News Network
Publication: Unity News Network
Date of complaint: 16 December 2019
Date complaint accepted: 10 January 2020
Date of adjudication: 14 February 2020
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint upheld. Breach of Clauses 1.1 and 1.2. Publisher to publish correction, apology and full adjudication.
Summary of Complaint
1.1. The Complainant is Gina Miller, a directly affected party seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information.
1.2. The Respondent is Unity News Network (online), a news website covering current affairs in the UK that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 9 April 2019.
1.3. The Complainant confirmed to IMPRESS that she had given permission for her representative to complain and provide evidence and information on her behalf.
1.4. The complaint concerns an article that first appeared in Unity News Network (online) on 14 December 2019 with the headline, “Gina Miller accused of new secret plot to HALT Brexit”.
1.5. 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.