Fake News intended to stir up trouble….

Published by scott4indy on

The report on Sunday the 5th of May by the Daily Express is filled with much controversy, and it is obvious by the use of some of the words that the headline is intended to deliberately stir up hatred and cause trouble between the Scottish Independence movement and pro-union supporters.
Fake News, this report is inaccurate...

Firstly, there was no “Clash” between pro-union and Independence supporters, there were about 20 or so union supporters stood at the side of the street with union flags and the march passed them by without incident, this is nothing new and the pro-indy marchers are used to seeing them on the route and just keep walking by ignoring them….

Oxford Dictionary definition of clash – a violent confrontation, a mismatch of colours, a loud jarring sound, as of metal objects being struck together.

The photo they used for the article was not from the march, it was a Press Association image that showed union flags with a couple of Scottish/EU flags in amongst them, I believe that this was taken at a brexit protest march in London, so again not representative of the actual event that took place in Glasgow, which is quite strange in itself as there were plenty of Press Association pictures available of the Glasgow march, as can be seen in this publication here…

https://www.breakingnews.ie/world/in-pictures-thousands-take-to-the-streets-to-call-for-scottish-independence-vote-922109.html

Secondly, this march was organised by AUOB well before the First Minister announced her plans in Holyrood and the AFFG counter demo was likewise organised well before her statement to the Scottish Parliament.

Third, the march was never “Hijacked” by pro-union supporters as the Express has claimed, the pro-union protesters stayed on the pavement and was attended by a handful of unionists led by AFFG spokesman Alistair McConnachie who is well known to the Independence movement.

All Under One Banner (AUOB) have been organising Independence events for years and likewise A Force For Good (AFFG) have been organising there small counter demo’s in opposition. These have always been peaceful as they should be and although there have been isolate incidents by overzealous individual protesters from both sides, these can be counted on one hand and have been quickly dealt with by the police and stewards from both organisations.

Neither Police Scotland, AUOB or AFFG have reported any clashes between activists as reported by the Express. I have checked with AUOB and they have confirmed that there were no such clashes. I have also checked both the AFFG facebook page and their website and can see no mention of any clashes and believe me, they would be very quick to report any incidents that could be used to discredit the Independence movement.


We need to be holding the media to account when it comes to inaccurate and misleading reports such as this one. We have seen so many times how these attention grabbing headlines coupled with their often biased spin on a story, causes harm to the reputation and integrity of the independence movement and shows the people of Scotland in a bad light.

I have contacted the Express via email and facebook asking them to provide proof of these alleged “clashes” and requested that if no such proof exists they issue an apology and retract the article.

A formal complaint has also been lodged with IPSO both by email and via their online complaints form and I would encourage others to do the same.
https://www.ipso.co.uk/complain/complaints-form/


Update…

09/05/2019 – We have received an email from IPSO which says that our complaint falls within their remit and raises a possible breach of the Editors’ Code of Practice.


When I checked for the article I found that it had been removed and that the link returned a 404 error…
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1122951/scotland-independence-march-unionists-nationalists-clash-glasgow-nicola-sturgeon


We have the page archived here

UPDATE 13/05/2019


So after receiving the above email I got another one from IPSO asking for further clarification of the complaint,


I am writing to follow up on our earlier email.
IPSO considers complaints made under the terms of the Editors’ Code of Practice.
So that we can be sure we have understood your complaint, we need you to specify the Clause(s) of the Code under which you wish to complain. Please use the following link to find the Editors’ Code of Practice if you need to refer to it: https://www.ipso.co.uk/editors-code-of-practice/. ; We would suggest you look at Clause 1 (Accuracy) which deals with concerns about inaccurate and misleading reporting.
We look forward to receiving this information, and would be grateful for your response within the next seven days.

With best wishes
Todd Stammers
Systems Handler


This was my reply


Hi Todd,
I have already replied to you regarding this, a full report can be viewed at https://www.handsoffscotland.co.uk/fake-news/
the article includes inaccurate, misleading and distorted information including an image that wasn’t from the event, the image shows Scottish flags in amongst union flags which would suggest that there was some kind of interaction or clash between the 2 groups, this was not the case as the unionists were well away from the independence marchers with a line of police officers directly in front of them and AUOB stewards behind the police, a handful of unionists attend every march and there has never been any “clashes”,
Oxford Dictionary definition of clash – a violent confrontation, a mismatch of colours, a loud jarring sound, as of metal objects being struck together.
The image used was a PA stock photo, which showed an inaccurate version of the event, there were plenty of press association images from the event available as can be seen in this publication https://www.breakingnews.ie/world/in-pictures-thousands-take-to-the-streets-to-call-for-scottish-independence-vote-922109.html
so why use a stock image from another demo unless it was intended to portray the AUOB event in the light that the report suggested
Secondly, this march was organised by AUOB well before the First Minister announced her plans in Holyrood and the AFFG counter demo was likewise organised well before her statement to the Scottish Parliament. therefore the editorial was wrong in stating that the march was a response to the first ministers statement.
Third, the march was never “Hijacked” by pro-union supporters as the Express has claimed, the pro-union protesters stayed on the pavement and was attended by a handful of unionists led by AFFG spokesman Alistair McConnachie who is well known to the Independence movement.
I believe that the article breaches the editors code of practice under section 1. Accuracy – i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information or images, including headlines not supported by the text.



I will keep you all informed as and when I get a reply from them….



It is worth noting that to date there has been no reply or acknowledgement from the Express to my email or facebook private message and I have not seen any printed retraction or apology from them.


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