Combat The Fakes

Combat The Fakes

Help us to keep the quality of our service as high as possible and to identify and banish actual ‘fake news’ from the internet.

We have all seen fake and silly news stories that seem to appear from nowhere or from dubious sources. These are mainly produced by unscrupulous hidden operators in order to make money or to destroy the credibility of the subject.

However, they also destroy by association the credibility of many good independent news feeds sources, as many reputable organisations inadvertently use these stories. This creates real ethical problems for all of us, news outlets and consumers alike, and we need your assistance to address this problem.

A reputable media organisation such as ours is judged on the accuracy and reliability of its journalism, which must be well-sourced, supported by strong evidence, examined and tested, clear and unambiguous. Verified facts must form the basis of all news, not rumour and speculation.

Accuracy is essential if journalism is to inform the public debate. Accuracy should always come before speed but in today’s fast moving world it is often extremely difficult to make sufficient checks on every aspect of a story, especially if it is deliberately designed to mislead. Therefore it is incumbent upon us all to play a part in flagging up untrue, misleading and fake news.

This does not mean we should report stories we do not like or agree with, as controversy, debate and holding opposite and even controversial opinions, free from censorship or sanction, is the very essence of a free and genuinely liberal democracy.

So we ask you to help us ensure that the news stories, videos or reports that we feature are compliant with the highest standards and ethics. If you see an item which you believe to be ‘fake news’, please contact us immediately with your concerns and with the evidence which you believe shows it to be false. We will investigate and, if necessary, remove or correct the item, or flag it as of contested authenticity.

We welcome debate and rigorous discourse but we have a zero tolerance policy against ‘fake’ news and we can all play a part in seeking truth and transparency no matter how difficult or challenging it may be. We recognise that freedom of expression – including the right to be wrong – is a fundamental of democracy, and we therefore oppose censorship, whatever excuse is given for it, but we also oppose lies and false stories, and value your help in stamping them out.

Thank you for your assistance. If you spot a fake article, please contact us