WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13: The following is an abridged version of a ruling by the Media Council of Bermuda. The full ruling is posted on the Council’s website.
On May 28, 2012, the Media Council of Bermuda reviewed a complaint by Kentucky Fried Chicken (Bermuda) Ltd. (KFC) against the Bermuda Industrial Union (BIU) as publisher of the Workers Voice.
KFC alleges that an article appearing in the Workers Voice dated 30 January 2012 was incorrect and in breach of Clause 3 (A) and (C) of the Code of Practice.
KFC is seeking a retraction and an apology. Efforts to reach a mediated solution have failed and the matter was formally referred to the Council.
Conclusion and Remedy
The Media Council has concluded that the article infringed Clause 3 (A) and (C) of the Code in that the article contained an inaccuracy and the writer failed to distinguish clearly between comment and conjecture and fact. A full copy of the ruling may be found on the Media Council’s web site at www.mediacouncilofbermuda.org.
It has therefore directed that the Workers Voice publish without comment a correction which states,
“In our 30 January 2012 issue we published an article by Mr Alvin Williams which stated that KFC made a recent attempt to decertify the union. That statement was inaccurate.”
The Media Council’s website is: www.mediacouncilofbermuda.org