Complaint Adjudication - 311/2020

311/2020 Peter Lilley and The Stray Ferret (online)

Publication: The Stray Ferret
Date of complaint: 20 July 2020
Date complaint accepted:  29 July 2020
Date of adjudication: 14 September 2020
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint dismissed. No breach.

Summary of Complaint 

1.1. The Complainant is Peter Lilley (“the Complainant”), 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 Stray Ferret Ltd, which publishes online as The Stray Ferret, which covers local news, that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 17 March 2020.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared online on The Stray Ferret on 25 April 2020 with the headline, “COLUMN: The art in Harrogate will help rebuild lives after coronavirus”.

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 facts or distort the facts.


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