352/2021 Alan Cheesman and The Guildford Dragon
Publication: The Guildford Dragon
Date of complaint: 4 January 2021
Date complaint accepted: 4 February 2021
Date of adjudication: 8 March 2021
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 Alan Cheeseman (“the Complainant”), a directly affected party seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information. The Complainant was a Councillor and the Chair of Normandy Parish Council at the time of publication.
1.2. The Respondent is The Guildford Dragon, a news website covering local affairs that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 2 December 2017.
1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared on The Guildford Dragon on 31 December 2020 with the headline, “Normandy Parish Council Refuses to Disclose Failed Audit Details”.
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.