The Press Council has concluded an adjudication in the NT News’ favour after it considered whether an article about an “overly keen motorist” who “made love to more than 700 vehicles” via their exhaust pipes breached the council’s standards of practice.

The council asked the title to consider whether the article, which included a 29-second embedded video titled “I have sex with cars”, breached the standards around material likely to cause substantial offence, distress and prejudice.

The publication said the article was very much in the NT News’ style, but after a complaint, it did remove the video and article from its website. The APC’s adjudication, meanwhile, says that given the NT News’ distinct style and the expectations of its readership, the article was not “substantially offensive”. 

Peter Fray

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