JARED GRIFFITH AGAINST TWIZEL UPDATE
Case Number: 3068
Council Meeting: JULY 2021
Decision: No Grounds to Proceed
Publication: Twizel Update
Ruling Categories: Errors, Apology and Correction Sought
Jared Griffith complained that when he was quoted in the Twizel Update on 19 May 2021, both his first name and surname were spelled incorrectly in separate references. In spite of a number of emails, Mr Griffith said his name remained uncorrected online.
The editor informed him the name had been correct, but the proof reader had changed it. The proof reader had apologised and if a name was changed in the future it would be properly checked. They would publish a correction in the next issue.
Mr Griffith did not accept the error was accidental and when he complained to the Media Council on 3 June, the error was still online. However, the editor provided an email from Mr Griffith dated 21 May in reply to the editor’s response, saying: “You will not provide a correction in next week’s update.”
The publication has acknowledged that it made a mistake, has apologised and offered a correction. It was Mr Griffith’s decision to decline the correction and the Media Council considers that should be the end of the matter. There is no good reason for the Council to give it further consideration.
The Media Council notes the online version of the story has now been corrected.
No Principles have been breached.
Finding: Insufficient Grounds to Proceed.