The readers’ editor can look into complaints about articles in our newspapers and the online services that we control. The readers’ editor looks at complaints and queries against the Idcronline.
The Editors’ Code, which was developed by the industry and used by the Press Complaints Commission over many years, has formed the basis of the Idcronline Editorial Code since the post of readers’ editor has been in existence.
Before contacting the readers’ editor, you should read through Idcronline’s Editorial Code to understand whether the readers’ editor is the correct route for your complaint. The Editorial Code handles complaints in 16 areas. They are:
- Opportunity to reply
- Intrusion into grief or shock
- *Children in sex cases
- *Reporting of crime
- *Clandestine devices and subterfuge
- Victims of sexual assault
- Financial journalism
- Confidential sources
- Witness payments in criminal trials
- *Payment to criminals
Where there are asterisks above, the Editorial Code recognises that complaints should be weighed against a judgment as to whether the story is in the public interest.
What the readers’ editor won’t look at
The readers’ editor won’t look at complaints that fall outside of the Idcronline Editorial Code (see above).
The readers’ editor office was created to resolve substantial complaints and queries from individuals who feel we’ve breached the Idcronline’s editorial standards. As such, the readers’ editor’s time, effort and resources will be focused on such complaints, and he reserves the right not to consider complaints:
- From anyone not personally and directly affected by the matter which forms the subject of the complaint.
- That are trivial, hypothetical or otherwise vexatious or insignificant.
- That are without justification (such as an attempt to argue a point of view or to lobby).
- About advertising (unless in exceptional circumstances).
- About Idcronline reader offers.
- That are legal complaints.
How do I complain?
Please read the Idcronline Editorial Code first to understand whether the readers’ editor can look into your complaint. You can then email the readers’ editor’s office outlining the following points:
- The article you’re complaining about.
- The date on which it appeared.
- Whether the article appeared in print or online (and whether through a browser or via one of our mobile apps).
- The nature of your complaint in no more than 500 words.
- Which part of the Editorial Code it breaches.
You can also get in touch with the readers’ editor’s office by phone on +44 (0)20 1234 597 between 10am and 1pm Monday to Friday UK time.
The readers’ editor is also on Twitter.
Please note that in making a complaint, you agree to respond promptly to any request for further information. Our complaints process is free of charge, regardless of outcome.
We reserve the right to amend this policy as required. We will publish the current policy on our website. Your complaint will be considered against the published policy on the date of receipt of your complaint.
What happens to your complaint?
Once we’ve received your complaint, you should receive an automated reply acknowledging receipt. If your complaint is being taken up, we aim to contact you within 72 hours.
We aim to give a substantive response to your complaint within 28 days of receiving all the necessary information to allow us to investigate. However, this may take longer in more complex cases where more information is required, or where journalists are away or unreachable.
If we receive multiple complaints about the same issue we may not respond to all.
If the readers’ editor deems there to have been a breach of the Idcronline Editorial Code, he will suggest an appropriate remedy. Corrections and clarifications will appear on the relevant web page and/or in the newspaper.
We will always aim to handle your complaint fairly, courteously and with respect. We expect the same behaviour from complainants and reserve the right to decline to consider complaints that are abusive or gratuitously offensive.
If at any stage of your complaint we do not hear back from you within 28 days, we will consider your complaint satisfied and closed.
If you are unhappy with our final response to your complaint the readers’ editor will direct you to the Review Panel, which provides an external review of the decision of the readers’ editor.
Should your complaint reach this stage, the readers’ editor will send you all the information you need to appeal to the Temporary Review Panel.