Monthly Monitoring

Post-BREXIT claims in the papers – more spin and no substance

More than 60 days on from the EU referendum and some BREXIT-backing newspapers are still publishing inaccurate and misleading information on the impact of the referendum result. During the EU referendum campaign, exaggerated and false claims were made by both ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ campaigns. And whilst newspapers are free to be partisan, the public expect…

BREXIT and the newspapers – where was IPSO?

Most independent commentators have slammed a number of the big newspapers for misleading the public on the referendum, with the New Statesman going so far as trying to explain ‘how the Brexit campaign lied to us – and got away with it’. Even some Daily Mail and Sun readers complained that they were misinformed about…

Deceiving a bereaved mother – another low from the Daily Mail

Over the years, Hacked Off has given a platform to victims of press intrusion.  Many ordinary people become victims of press intrusion as a direct result of being involved in a tragedy, sometimes one where family members have died. Several of these people gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry. Some described how the intrusion was…

Attention grabbing or misleading? Some of February’s national headlines

Selective quotes and statistics are extracted and misrepresented to serve an attention-grabbing headline. In February this year, such statistics have been applied to migrants, the EU, the NHS and even recycling. On 23rd February, the Daily Mail printed this correction: The headline was: ‘Great Green Rubbish Farce’.  As you can see the article took a…

Mistakes happen – It’s how you deal with them that matters

September Press Monitoring blog – Georgia Tomlinson In September we noticed an unusually high number of corrections in the press. Some of these reflect inevitable journalistic mistakes, others are deliberate, reckless or the product of careless journalism. When errors are made the Editors’ Code requires them to be corrected “promptly and with due prominence”. Unfortunately…

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