Compare and Contrast

IPSO claims to be able to dictate the size, placement and wording of corrections and apologies.

But as these examples show, those apologies, corrections or adjudications are invariably in tiny font and in terms that do not make the newspaper’s failure clear to an ordinary reader.

Compare and Contrast: Multiple examples

Sometimes IPSO ‘mediates’ between a newspaper and a complainant and a newspaper agrees to print a correction or apology without IPSO having to make a decision. Sometimes the complainant will reject the mediated proposal and will pursue their complaint all the way through to an ‘adjudication’. Here are some examples: FEB 3, 2017. The Daily…

Compare and Contrast: The Daily Mirror’s terrifying ebola headline vs the tiny correction

The Daily Mirror has apologised over a grossly inaccurate article published more than three months ago. The front page exclusive by Andy Lines, Chief Reporter, and Rebecca Younger published on 4 August ran with the giant font headline: ‘EBOLA TERROR AS PASSENGER DIES AT GATWICK.’ The article continued with a double-page spread across pages 4…

Compare and Contrast: The Sun’s headline and the apology

At the end of July The Sun picked up a ‘story’ which had appeared on the Facebook page of a mother from Shropshire. The woman had posted a photograph of the boy with a curious mark on his torso. The Sun somehow managed to turn this inconsequential ‘news’ into a front-page lead with a photograph…

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