The statistics for the first six months of operation of the Press Ombudsman make for interesting reading.
According to Ruadán Mac Cormaic in the Irish Times over the weekend:
ALMOST 200 complaints were made to the Press Ombudsman in the office’s first six months in operation, new figures show. … Statistics published by the ombudsman’s office yesterday show that, of the 20 cases decided upon, one was fully upheld, six were partially upheld and 12 were not upheld. In the final case, the newspaper offered sufficient remedial action to resolve the complaint.
Here is a sample of some of the data:
• Total number of complaints received: 193
• Number of complaints decided upon by Press Ombudsman: 20
Complaints made under the Code of Practice
• Principle 1: Truth and Accuracy: 63
• Principle 5: Privacy: 28
• Total number of decisions by Press Ombudsman appealed to Press Council: 12