The Australian Press Council has released its adjudications for February – just two of them, with a win for The Age against a complaint brought by federal MP Michael Danby, and a loss for the St George & Sutherland Shire Leader over a complaint brought by the mother of a young man who died tragically.

The second judgement went against the Leader because it failed to publish a correction, though the Press Council also makes it clear that the reporters should have worked a bit harder in trying to contact the mother of the young man concerned before doing a profile of him after his death.

As for The Age, it declined to publish an apology, because it denied that it had implied that Danby was involved in fraud. The Press Council agreed with The Age.

(The links on the Press Council site for these adjudications are currently leading to the wrong documents, but I have notifed them and I am sure it will be fixed soon. UPDATE: HAS NOW BEEN FIXED. In the meantime, here is Adjudication 1414 concerning the Leader, and here is Adjudication 1415 concerning The Age. )

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