Hacked Off Fail to Issue Prominent Correction and Apology

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“A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published.” That is the view of Hacked Off, who have just been censured by the Advertising Standards Authority for misleading the public. An ASA investigation found a Hacked Off advert endorsed by celebs including Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Lineker “breached CAP Code (Edition 12) rules 3.1 and 3.3 (Misleading advertising)” and was “likely to mislead”. Yet, despite this significant inaccuracy, misleading statement and distortion, there is no correction on the Hacked Off website this morning and no apology published. Instead, they are whinging that the decision was “political”, a unlikely story giving the leanings of the ASA. What would Leveson say?


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