Decided by the Press Ombudsman

Parents of a child and Independent.ie

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Posted on: 08-May-2015
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The Press Ombudsman has decided to uphold a complaint made by the parents of a child that Independent.ie breached Principles 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and 9 (Children) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

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Mr Gerry Adams TD and the Irish Independent

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Posted on: 07-May-2015
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The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by Mr Gerry Adams TD under Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.   

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Mooreland and Owenvarragh Residents Association and the Irish Examiner

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Posted on: 07-May-2015
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On 18 December 2014 the Irish Examiner published a report on opposition to the development of the GAA’s Casement Park in Belfast.  Some local residents were opposing planning permission for a much larger stadium being built on the site of the existing stadium. Mooreland and Owenvarragh Residents Association complained that the article breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines. The Residents Association complaint included a claim that the article contained three significant inaccuracies: a statement that opposition to the redevelopment had been whittled down to “about a dozen individuals”,   an alleged acceptance of a compensation package by “the vast majority of residents”, and reference to an alleged sliding scale of compensation. The Association also complained that the article failed to distinguish between fact and comment and that the reporter should have sought a response from the Association in advance of publication.

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A Woman and the Sunday World

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Posted on: 16-Apr-2015
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The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by a woman under Principles 4, 5 and 9 of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

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Mr Darragh Headen and the Leinster Express

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Posted on: 14-Apr-2015
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On 3 March 2015 the Leinster Express under the heading “Facebook issues of the week …” published a post by Mr Darragh Headen.    The post was accompanied by a photograph taken from Mr Headen’s Facebook profile page. The photograph was composed of an image of Mr Headen with his two small children sitting on his lap. He wrote to the newspaper saying that he had not given permission for his children’s photograph to be published.

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Ms Karen McHugh and The Irish Times

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Posted on: 14-Apr-2015
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The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint by Ms Karen McHugh under Principle 5.3 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.   

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His Excellency Boaz Modai, Ambassador of Israel, and The Irish Times

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Posted on: 25-Mar-2015
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On 11 September 2014 The Irish Times published an article under the headline “The Holocaust makes Israel think international law doesn’t apply to them”.  The article was based on an interview with Gideon Levy, a columnist with the Haaretz newspaper.  In the article Mr Levy was quoted as expressing some very critical views of the Israeli Government’s policies towards Palestinians.  The headline was a quote from Mr Levy who was reported in the article as having said “The Holocaust makes Israelis think international law doesn’t apply to them, because they are the ultimate victims of history; the only victims”.

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Mr James Creane and the Bray People

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Posted on: 09-Mar-2015
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The Bray People published an article on 20 August 2014 under the headline “TV3 rapped for ‘Death in Bray’ programme”.  The subject of the article was a decision by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) to partially uphold a complaint about a TV3 programme which had featured the deaths of Shane Clancy and Sebastian Creane in 2009.  Shane Clancy killed Sebastian Creane and injured others before taking his own life.  The complaint to the BAI had been made by Ms Leonie Fennell, the mother of Shane Clancy.

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His Excellency Boaz Modai, Ambassador of Israel, and The Irish Times

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Posted on: 25-Feb-2015
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On Saturday 13 September 2014 The Irish Times,  in its Arts and Books section,  published an article which reviewed a number of books on the topic of the Middle East and in particular Israeli-Palestinian relations. The headline on the review read “Fear and loathing: Palestinians pay the price of history”.  This was followed by a sub-heading “Israel still claims it has no choice but to continue the policies of ethnic cleansing, dispossession and extermination that started with its foundation”.

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Mens Human Rights Ireland and the Irish Examiner

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Posted on: 20-Feb-2015
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On 17 December 2014 the Irish Examiner published an article under the heading “Domestic abuse increases at Christmas, warns charity”. The report was based on an interview with the director of Women’s Aid, an organisation that provides services to victims of domestic violence.

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