388/2021 Graham Hindson and The SKWAWKBOX
Publication: The SKWAWKBOX
Date of complaint: 23 March 2021
Date complaint accepted: 30 March 2021
Date of adjudication: 14 May 2021
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint upheld. Breach of Clause 1. Publisher to publish correction alongside the original article.
Summary of Complaint
1.1. The Complainant is Graham Hindson (“the Complainant”), a third party seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information. The Complainant 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 22 February 2021 with the headline, “Video: Jeremy Corbyn shows Starmer how it’s done – telling Johnson to sack Hancock and end scandal of NHS privatisation”.
1.4. The complaint is assessed against the IMPRESS Standards Code, the relevant clauses are:
Clause 1 (Accuracy)
1.4. Whilst free to be partisan, Publishers must not misrepresent facts or distort the facts.