265/2019 Marc Harris and The SKWAWKBOX
Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 19 December 2019
Date complaint accepted: 07 January 2020
Date of adjudication: 10 February 2020
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint upheld. Breach of Clauses 1.2 and 1.4. Publisher to publish correction and full adjudication
Summary of Complaint
1.1. The Complainant is Marc Harris, 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 The SKWAWKBOX, a news website covering current affairs that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 1 October 2017.
1.3. The complaint concerns an article that first appeared in The SKWAWKBOX on 9 December 2019 with the headline, “Exclusive: Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations head, leader of 35,000 Jewish citizens, endorses Corbyn”.
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.