29th November 2015

The Sun Receives 2,000 IPSO Complaints

IPSO has received 2,000 complaints about a report by The Sun.


The Sun published a report stating that "one in five British Muslims had sympathy with the Islamic State".

This report resulted in 2,000 complaints being made to the Independent Press Standards Organisation.

The offending report was published on the newspaper's front page last Monday, and was based on a Survation poll of 1, 000 British Muslims.

The poll saw 5% of respondents stating that they 'agreed' with the statement "I have a lot of sympathy with young Muslims who leave the UK to join fighters in Syria", while 14% stated that they had "some sympathy".

Survation has somewhat distanced itself from the reporting on this controversial poll, however CEO Damian Lyons Lowe said to The Guardian: “Survation do not endorse or support the way in which this poll’s findings have been presented by the Sun newspaper and others. Neither the headline nor the body text of any articles published were shared with or approved by Survation prior to publication.”

In a statement, The Sun said: “We are surprised at the comments from Survation, who undertook the polling for the Sun newspaper. The questions were discussed in full and agreed with them in advance, and the question about ‘sympathy’ was specifically written and suggested by them.

“In any event, it is not for a polling company to endorse or otherwise the editorial interpretation of a survey. The Sun published the poll's findings clearly and accurately, including the questions in full.

“The spread inside the newspaper reported other newsworthy lines from the survey, including the percentage of British Muslims who support action in Syria and how British Muslims choose to identify themselves. We also made clear that the number of British Muslims who had sympathy or support for IS was lower than a similar survey by Sky News conducted in March.

“The fact remains that a significant minority of Muslims have sympathy for the actions of extremists. That is a subject worthy of discussion and The Sun believes that it must be appropriate for that conversation to take place.”

This news story is now the most complained about story since IPSO replaced the Press Complaints Commission in September 2014.

 
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