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Articles led to half of complaints; PRESS.


TWO articles were responsible for half of the complaints to the Press Ombudsman, it was revealed yesterday.

Prof John Horgan's report for 2012 also showed there were 575 complaints made to his office last year relating to articles published in newspapers and magazines. He explained two articles in particular drew almost 250 complaints between them.

One of those pieces, an article carrying comments from a Polish woman, given to a Polish newspaper, describing life on the social welfare system in Ireland, attracted 161 complaints.

Prof Horgan said none of these complaints had been formalised later, largely because of the Irish Independent's own response - when it published a fuller version of the interview.

Complaints about the truth and accuracy of content accounted for 292 complaints, while pieces which had allegedly failed to distinguish between fact and comment were the subject of 82 complaints.


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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 28, 2013
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