Wednesday 18 October 2017

Press Ombudsman receives 278 complaints about articles

Peter Feeney
Peter Feeney
Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

Ireland’s Press Ombudsman received a total of 278 complaints about articles published across newspapers, magazines and websites in 2015, a new report has shown.

Almost half of the complaints related to Truth and Accuracy, the Press Council of Ireland and Office of the Press Ombudsman’s Annual Report found.

While Privacy – Principle 5 of the Press Council’s Code of Practice - was the second biggest cause for complaint by members of the public last year.

Of the 34 complaints decided by the Ombudsman, ten were upheld and 15 were not upheld, with the rest either resolved to the satisfaction of the complainant or having insufficient evidence to make a decision.

Meanwhile, 133 were deemed to be outside the remit of the office, seven were postponed due to legal proceedings and three were closed or withdrawn.

Among the alleged breaches of the Code of Practice, 153 were made against national newspapers operating both in print and online, 29 were levied at local newspapers and 11 were directed at online-only publications.

Launching the report in Dublin today, Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney said: “Trust is central to the well-being of any news service and an independent and fair complaints handling process contributes significantly to that sense of trust.”

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