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Woman absolved of racist crime fails in bid to censure daily

NewIPSOA woman whose conviction for a racism offence was quashed has failed in her bid to censure a regional daily that had previously covered her case.

Karren Reynolds complained to the Independent Press Standards Organisation after the Swindon Advertiser reported in July 2022 on her conviction for assault by beating, a section 4a public order offence, and racially or religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

Later complaining to IPSO under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice after her conviction was quashed in March 2023, Ms Reynolds said that ruling had rendered the original story inaccurate.

The Advertiser defended the story under complaint, headlined ‘Wiltshire criminals in court this month accused of racism’, as a fair and accurate report of court proceedings, at the time of its publication.

After Ms Reynolds provided the newspaper with documentation from the court, it updated the online story to note that her conviction was quashed on appeal at Swindon Crown Court.

Ms Reynolds did not accept the steps taken by the Advertiser as a resolution to her complaint, but IPSO ruled the measures were a satisfactory resolution to the case.

The full adjudication can be read here.