Publication Guidelines for Newspapers and Magazines

  1. Those elements of decisions of the Press Ombudsman upholding a complaint should be published: (a) in full; (b) promptly; (c) on the same page as the original article, or further forward, subject to the exception at (4) below; (d) on the same day of the week as the original publication, (e) with due prominence; (f) unedited; and (g) without editorial commentary by way of a headline or otherwise. In addition, each should include the Press Ombudsman logo.
     
  2. Those elements of decisions of the Press Council allowing appeals by complainants against decisions of the Press Ombudsman, or not allowing appeals by publications against decisions of the Press Ombudsman, should be published as in (1) above. In addition, each should carry the joint logo of the Press Council and the Press Ombudsman.
     
  3. Those sections of decisions of the Press Council upholding complaints referred to it by the Press Ombudsman should be published as in (1) above, together with the logo of the Press Council.
     
  4. Where a complaint has been upheld in relation to an article published on the front page of a publication, the decision should be published with due prominence on one of the first four editorial pages.
     
  5. Publication of decisions or elements of decisions of either the Press Ombudsman or Press Council that relate either to complaints that have not been upheld, to complaints in relation to which either the Press Ombudsman or the Press Council has determined that sufficient remedial action has been offered or taken, or to successful appeals by publications against decisions by the Press Ombudsman, is at the discretion of editors. Any such article should, however, be written and presented with fairness to all concerned and in the spirit of the Code of Practice, and it is recommended that such coverage could also include, where practicable, information about a link to the full text of the original decision.
     
  6. A .pdf of the page on which any decision is published should be emailed to chairman@presscouncil.ie.
     


©Press Council of Ireland and Office of the Press Ombudsman – Publication Guidelines – April 2014. (Subject to review by the Press Council of Ireland).

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