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Nov 6, 2017

Sunday Age censured for strip search report … Fairfax’s ‘good news’ … video of the day …

The Sunday Age breached Australian Press Council standards with a first-person account of a police strip search, which was later found to be false.

Emily Watkins — Media reporter

Emily Watkins

Media reporter

Sunday Age censured for strip search report. The Australian Press Council has censured The Sunday Age for publishing playwright Barry Dickins’ account of being searched by Victoria Police without going to police for comment, and then not publishing a correction after Dickins faced court for making a false statement. In Dickins’ piece, published in October, 2015, he said he’d been stopped and searched by two police officers in Carlton, apparently suspected of stealing a T-shirt. He said the officers told him to drop his pants, and took photos of his pubic hair. This account was later found to be false by a magistrate, and Dickins was put on a good behaviour bond for making a false report. The Sunday Age reported the court case, but did not publish a correction. Victoria Police complained to the Press Council, which found the paper had breached standards requiring it to ensure the article was accurate and not misleading, and the court report was not sufficient to correct the record. The Sunday Age published the adjudication yesterday, as required by the Press Council, but has still not published a correction.

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  1. Phen

    More toilet roll vs drone shenanigans please. Journalism of this quality is why we subscribe to Crikey. 😉

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