Complaint Adjudication - 394/2021

394/2021 The Institute of Economic Affairs and DeSmog UK

Publication: DeSmog UK (online)
Date of complaint: 8 April 2021
Date complaint accepted:  21 May 2021
Date of adjudication: 20 July 2021
Relevant clauses: Accuracy 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 of the IMPRESS Standards Code
Outcome: Complaint dismissed. No breach of Code.

Summary of Complaint 

1.1. The Complainant, the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), is a directly affected party (“the Complainant”) seeking to ensure the accuracy of published information.

1.2. The Respondent is DeSmog UK Ltd, a news website that publishes news about the environment and energy debate in Britain, that has been regulated by IMPRESS since 21 February 2018.

1.3. The complaint concerns the accuracy of an article that first appeared on DeSmog on 27 November 2020, with the headline, ‘Meet The Anti-Regulation Groups Influencing Post-Brexit Trade Policy’.

1.4. The complaint is assessed against the IMPRESS Standards Code, the relevant clauses are:

Clause 1.1 Publishers must take all reasonable steps to ensure accuracy.

Clause 1.2 Publishers must correct any significant inaccuracy with due prominence, which should normally be equal prominence, at the earliest opportunity.

Clause 1.4 Whilst free to be partisan, publishers must not misrepresent or distort the facts.


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