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No, the Express did NOT apologise to Gonzo

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No, the Express did NOT apologise to Gonzo

Post  bb1 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:55 am

The full statement has been available online for weeks, but few seem to have bothered to read it, preferring to quote churnalist Hounder Donn's nonsense, fed to her by Bennett.

https://www.ipso.co.uk/IPSO/rulings/resolution-statements/detail.html?id=57

Resolution statements

Complaint
Complaint 03363-15 Bennett v Daily Express

Summary of complaint
1. Mr Anthony Bennett complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation that the Daily Express had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice in a front-page headline “Maddy: Detective did lie about death cover-up”, published on 29 April 2015.

2. The front-page headline referred to an article on page 11 with the headline “McCanns win £428,000 over police chief’s slurs”. The article explained that the parents of Madeleine McCann had been awarded £428,000 in damages against Goncalo Amaral, a former Portuguese detective, who had libelled them in a book about the search for their daughter.

3. The complainant said that it was inaccurate to report that Mr Amaral had “lied”, as the court had not made any judgment on the truth of the detective's claims, and had merely focused on whether or not the detective's right to freedom of expression outweighed the McCanns’ right to reputation.

4. The newspaper accepted that the headline on the front page was inaccurate, and agreed that the truth of Mr Amaral’s claims were not examined during the trial. However, it did not accept that the front page headline represented a significant inaccuracy because the article itself did not report that the detective had lied, and was an accurate interpretation of the judgment. It said the headline had been written by a sub-editor who, in summarising the position of the Portuguese court, had made an assumption that the decision had been based on the truth of Mr Amaral’s claims, which is usually the case in English libel law.

elevant Code Provisions
5. Clause 1 (Accuracy)

i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.

ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published. In cases involving the Regulator, prominence should be agreed with the Regulator in advance.

iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.

Mediated outcome
6. The complaint was not resolved through direct correspondence between the parties. IPSO therefore began an investigation into the matter.

7. The newspaper published the following correction in its Amplifications and Clarifications column:

On the 29 April 2015 we published a headline on the front page which said “Maddy detective did lie about death cover up claim”. We would like to make it clear that there was no determination by the Portuguese court that Mr Amaral lied. In fact what the court decided was that Mr Amaral had breached the McCanns’ right to reputation and ordered him to pay damages to them.

8. The complainant said these actions resolved the matter to his satisfaction.

9. As the complaint was successfully mediated, the Complaints Committee did not make a determination as to whether there had been any breach of the Code.

Date complaint received: 05/05/2015
Date complaint concluded by IPSO: 27/11/2015

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Post  bb1 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:57 am

The newspaper accepted that the headline on the front page was inaccurate, and agreed that the truth of Mr Amaral’s claims were not examined during the trial. However, it did not accept that the front page headline represented a significant inaccuracy because the article itself did not report that the detective had lied, and was an accurate interpretation of the judgment. It said the headline had been written by a sub-editor who, in summarising the position of the Portuguese court, had made an assumption that the decision had been based on the truth of Mr Amaral’s claims, which is usually the case in English libel law.

A reasonable assumption, as that is the case with any sane legal system.

There was no apology at any point.

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Post  bb1 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 11:59 am

Bennett:

My dilemma was this. If I had carried on and asked IPSO to rule, and had not accepted a compromise, it was possible that IPSO might have decided the appeal against me. If you look at their argument, they said that their article was accurate, it was only the headline that was inaccurate. I did not want to risk an adverse ruling from IPSO - that would have been a setback.

I think I can reveal that the Daily Express initially offered a correction in which they did not formally admit that Amaral did not lie in court.

I was allowed by IPSO to suggest an alternative wording for the correction, and did so.

The Daily Express refused to accept that.

And so it went on, until the moment that the Daily Express formally admitted these crucial words: 'Amaral did not lie'.

Having secured that formal admission, and after nearly 7 months of correspondence, I decided to accept the wording which was published by the Express a few days ago.


Just one problem - the Express did NOT admit they lied, as has been falsely claimed by Bennett, Donn and others. So, why are forkers and haters falsely claiming that the Express did? Because they themselves are lying when they do so.

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Post  Sabot on Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:02 pm

Semantics again. Their favourite last stand.
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Post  bb1 on Sun Jan 03, 2016 12:05 pm

The Express simply did not say anything like what was claimed by Bennett and Donn, and has been eagerly spread by others, Sabot.

One has to ask what are the motives of those deliberately spreading misinformation.

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Re: No, the Express did NOT apologise to Gonzo

Post  lily on Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:01 pm

I am beginning to wonder what is in it for them?
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Post  bb1 on Tue Jan 05, 2016 1:59 pm

Mari Welzel ‏@umweltbuerger 27m27 minutes ago
http://l-azzeri-lies-in-the-sun.com/Splitting_Hairs.html … "Very recently t Express printed a retraction, but they did not have the decency to make it front page news"


*sigh*

1. As any fool that can read and UNDERSTAND basic English can see for themselves, it wasn't even a retraction, it was a clarification/correction.

2. Why on earth would it be on the front page? It's of little interest to anyone except a handful of obsessive, Gonz-worshipping, haters. In the real world, it is of ZERO importance or interest.

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Re: No, the Express did NOT apologise to Gonzo

Post  lily on Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:33 pm

What else is new about them?
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Re: No, the Express did NOT apologise to Gonzo

Post  bb1 on Thu Jan 07, 2016 1:25 pm

Just how STUPID do you have to be to keep quoting Hounder churnalist Donn, instead of the actual IPSO statement? Some people really are as dumb as a sack of hair. rofl rofl rofl

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Post  lily on Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:25 pm

But....but....they don't want to believe the IPSO statement. Donn's sounds so much nicer....... smile
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