The complaint refers to the story “Ed Devils: Man Utd fans launch rockets into Ed Woodward’s house in shocking scenes while anti-board protests continue to intensify” carried online and on the back of the paper edition of January 29, 2020.
The club believes it The sun the newspaper had received notice of the planned attack, which included criminal damage and intent on intimidation, and which the reporter was present as it happened. The quality of the images accompanying the story indicates that a photographer was also present.
Not only did the journalist fail to fulfill the fundamental duty of a responsible member of society to report an impending crime and prevent potential dangers and criminal damage, but his presence encouraged and rewarded the authors. We believe this was a clear violation of both the IPSO editors’ code and journalistic ethics.
The decision to file a formal complaint with IPSO was not taken lightly. We will await his ruling with keen interest as an important test of the newspaper’s self-regulation system and its ability to uphold ethical standards in the press.