The nation’s largest newspaper chain says it’s tightening editorial standards after publishing a fake news story about the Prime Minister’s Office. A press ombudsman, the National News Media Council, dismissed a reader’s complaint in the case.
“Our mandate is to examine reader complaints against the backdrop of widely-accepted industry and community standards,” Brent Jolly, spokesperson for the Media Council, wrote a complainant: “Indeed, the error was unfortunate. However, the news organization has fulfilled all the requirements of membership to clarify the error and correct the public record. The apology is reasonably read as a show of good faith to readers.”