Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

IPSO Rulings Face Judicial Appeal

The UK's Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has handed down some decisions that are facing legal opposition, including one over an opinion piece that appeared in the Sun last August that suggested that the UK had a "Muslim problem." After its publication, many British MPs criticized its content, saying it used "Nazi-like language." Mr. Hammond eventually apologized.

Rachel Elgy complained to the agency that the author, Trevor Hammond, had breached two clauses of the Editors' Code of Practice (Accuracy and Discrimination). The agency found that the author had not mislead readers or discriminated against Muslims as a group. IPSO also acknowledged that the author of the opinion column, Mr. Kavanaugh, was a member of IPSO's Board, but did not participate in the review concerning the complaint against him. Read the entire ruling here.

Ms. Elgy is now preparing an appeal of IPSO's ruling.

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