Decisions made by the Press Ombudsman are accessible on the Press Ombudsman’s part of the website, here.
This section deals with complaints that were referred to the Press Council directly by the Press Ombudsman, and to appeals.
The Press Council will consider appeals to substantive decisions of the Press Ombudsman, or to decisions of a sub-committee of the Press Council where the Press Ombudsman has exercised his power to refer a complaint to the Press Council, on one or more of the following grounds:
(a) that there has been an error in procedure, and/or
(b) that significant new information is available that could not have been or was not made before the decision was made, and/or
(c) that there has been an error in the application of the Code of Practice.
Appellants should state the grounds for their appeal, and should support it by any evidence they believe to be appropriate and relevant. Mere disagreement with the decision is not grounds for appeal.
The procedures for consideration of appeals by the Press Council against do not provide for oral hearings.
Copies of appeals are furnished to the other party for their observations, and any such observations will be included in the Council’s consideration of the appeal.