Recent Decisions and News

Professor Ray Bates and the Village Magazine

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Posted on: 09-Nov-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint by Professor Ray Bates that the Village magazine breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) and Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.

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Mr Stephen Walsh and the Sunday World

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Posted on: 09-Nov-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Mr Stephen Walsh that the Sunday World breached Principle 7 (Court Reporting) and Principle 8 (Prejudice) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.

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Mr Patrick Hurley and the Irish Independent

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Posted on: 09-Nov-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has decided that the Irish Independent offered to take action which would have been sufficient to resolve a complaint by Mr Patrick Hurley that the newspaper breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy) and Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.

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Mr Finbar O'Rourke and the Sunday World

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Posted on: 08-Sep-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by Mr Finbar O’Rourke that the Sunday World breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) and Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.

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Mr Brian O'Donnell and Family and the Irish Independent

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Posted on: 06-Sep-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint by Mr Brian O’Donnell and his family that the Irish Independent breached Principle l0 (Publication of Decisions) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.

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Mr Brian O'Donnell and Family and the Irish Independent

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Posted on: 14-Jul-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has upheld a complaint made by Mr Brian O’Donnell and his family that the Irish Independent, in its print and online editions, breached Principle 5 (Privacy) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.   The decision was affirmed by the Press Council on appeal.

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Reporting of Suicide

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Posted on: 13-Jul-2017
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The Headline organisation undertakes media monitoring to ensure that mental health and suicide issues are reported in a responsible manner. At a seminar on 12 July 2017 they issued the following advice to journalists:

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Corofin Castle Heritage Park and the Connacht Tribune

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Posted on: 22-Jun-2017
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The Press Ombudsman has not upheld a complaint made by the Corofin Castle Heritage Park that the Connacht Tribune breached Principle 1 (Truth and Accuracy), Principle 2 (Distinguishing Fact and Comment), Principle 3 (Fair Procedures and Honesty) and Principle 4 (Respect for Rights) of the Code of Practice of the Press Council of Ireland.

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Statement by Press Council Chairman on Defamation Awards

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Posted on: 16-Jun-2017
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Defamation laws are there to protect citizens whose reputations are damaged by newspapers and broadcasters.  They are an important part of the vindication of the rights of citizens to ensure that their reputations are not tarnished by inaccurate reporting.  But there is a balance to be maintained between the rights to protect a reputation and the rights of freedom of expression. 

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Press Release - need for regulation of Social Media

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Posted on: 12-Jun-2017
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The recent publication on the Facebook page of KildareNow (an online-only news service for County Kildare) of an image of a man falsely accused of being a threat to children has received extensive coverage in the media.  

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