284/2020 Dermot Hudson and The Ferret (online)
Publication: The Ferret
Date of complaint: 26 March 2020
Date complaint accepted: 18 May 2020
Date of adjudication: 29 June 2020
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint dismissed. No breach.
Summary of Complaint
1.1. The Complainant is Dermot Hudson, chairman of the UK Korean Friendship Association (KFA) complaining on behalf of the KFA (“the Complainant”), about the accuracy of published information.
1.2. The Respondent is The Ferret Media Ltd, which publishes online as The Ferret, and is an investigative journalism platform co-operative for Scotland and beyond, that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 16 June 2016.
1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared online on The Ferret on 4 March 2020 with the headline, “The Western friends of North Korea”.
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 facts or distort the facts.