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Hacked Off responds to IPSO “Queen Backs Brexit” Adjudication

IPSO’s feeble buried adjudication is not an effective remedy
 
Responding to the announcement by IPSO that it has upheld a complaint against The Sun for its “Queen Backs Brexit” headline, Dr Evan Harris, Joint Executive Director of Hacked Off said: 
 
“This ruling shows everything wrong with IPSO – it was a clear and obvious code breach but the remedy is grossly inadequate. Millions of people read the false front-page banner headline and they deserve to see the truth. But only a small proportion of them will read the adjudication to learn how they were misled, because the front page reference, and the page 2 headline are both small and neither correct the record.
 
The burying of the adjudication on page 2, the absence of an actual correction and the absence of an apology all demonstrate that IPSO, like the PCC before them, strives to protect the newspapers that control them at the expense of the public interest. 
 
The Code requires “due prominence” corrections and while the public think this should be “equivalent prominence”, the IPSO thinks it means “buried inside prominence”.”
 
ENDS
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Tim Lordreply
May 18, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Should be fined three times the sales revenue on the day. Might make them think twice.

Reginald Perinatal.reply
May 18, 2016 at 12:39 pm

Controlling minds should pay with liberty curtailment eg a week in pokey.

Bob Millerreply
May 18, 2016 at 1:20 pm

Corrections should cover exactly the same number of square inches, on exactly the same pages as the original article

John Weatherhoggreply
June 12, 2016 at 5:33 pm

The IPSO verdict was the mildest slap on the wrist possible. Is IPSO owned by Murdoch? It is disgraceful that such a dirty trick in a crucial debate should get off so lightly

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