327/2020 Joseph Venable and The SKWAWKBOX
Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 14 September 2020
Date complaint accepted: 23 September 2020
Date of adjudication: 13 November 2020
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.3 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint upheld. Breach of Clause 1. Publisher to publish a homepage notice statement and link to full adjudication
Summary of Complaint
1.1. The Complainant is Joseph Venable (“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 SKWAWKBOX, a news website covering current affairs that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 1 October 2017.
1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared on The SKWAWKBOX on 13 September 2020 with the headline, “Keir Starmer’s record so far in a nutshell makes the bleakest reading”.
1.4. The complaint is assessed against the IMPRESS Standards Code, the relevant clauses are:
Clause 1 (Accuracy)
1.3. Publishers must/always distinguish clearly between statements of fact, conjecture and opinion.
1.4. Whilst free to be partisan, Publishers must not misrepresent facts or distort the facts.