Publication Guidelines

Principle l0 of the Code of Practice obliges member publications to publish upheld decisions with due prominence.  These are the guidelines as to how decisions must be published:

  1. Upheld decisions of the Press Ombudsman shall 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 and 5 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, it should carry the Press Ombudsman logo.
     
  2. 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, shall be published as at 1 above. In addition, each should carry the joint logo of the Press Council and the Press Ombudsman.
     
  3. Decisions of the Press Council upholding complaints referred to it by the Press Ombudsman shall 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 shall be published with due prominence on one of the first four editorial pages.
     
  5. Upheld decisions about online articles shall be published in full or by use of a headlined link to the decision.  They shall be published (a) on the homepage or (b) as one of the first eight stories or (c) with comparable prominence to the article under complaint.   They shall be published on the same day of the week on which the article under complaint was first published for a period of 24 hours, after which a link to the decision with an accompanying caption must be available on the website for a further week.   If the article that gave rise to the complaint remains online it must be permanently annotated in a prominent manner with a link to the decision.
     
  6. A .pdf of the page on which an upheld decision is published, or a link to a decision published online, should be emailed to info@pressombudsman.ie
     
  7. 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 shall, 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 should also include reference to the fact that the full decision can be accessed at www.pressombudsman.ie

(Revised January 2016)