Complaint Adjudication - 334/2020

334/2020 Andrew Martin and Bedford Independent

Publication: Bedford Independent (online)
Date of complaint: 9 October 2020
Date complaint accepted: 13 November 2020
Date of adjudication: 10 December 2020
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.1 and 1.2 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint dismissed. No breach.

Summary of Complaint 

1.1. The Complainant is Andrew Martin (“the Complainant”), a directly affected party seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information.

1.2. The Respondent is Progress Publishing Ltd, which publishes online as Bedford Independent, which covers local news, and has been regulated by IMPRESS since 5 November 2018.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared online on Bedford Independent on 16 June 2020 with the headline, “Bedfordshire’s PCC ‘beyond disappointed’ at complaint allegations”.

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.

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