Exeter Observer strives to maintain high standards of accuracy in its publishing.
However if you think you have identified something that is not correct or needs clarification please let us know in the first instance by writing to
- the name and date of the article in question and the URL link to the website version of the article
- a note explaining what you think needs correction or clarification with clear reference to any specific relevant words or phrases in the article
- reference(s) to evidence that substantiates the proposed correction or clarification, where appropriate.
When a correction or clarification is needed, we will endeavour to update the website without delay, subject to the availability of editorial staff.
In any case we will aim to respond to all such correspondence within two working days.
However, if you consider us to have breached the Code and wish to make a complaint, please write to us at
What can I complain about?
We can look into complaints about items we have published which are in our control and can only deal with complaints which relate to an alleged breach of the standards set out in the Code.
Who can complain?
We can only deal with your complaint if you are:
- personally and directly affected by an alleged breach of the Code
- a representative group affected by an alleged breach of the Code, where there is public interest in your complaint
- a third party seeking to ensure accuracy of published information.
How do I complain?
You must include all of the following information for your complaint to be considered:
Your name and email address (please also provide your postal address or telephone number if you wish to be contacted in this way).
If the complaint is about an article it must include:
- the name and date of the specific article being complained about and the URL link to the web version of the article.
- a written account of what is being complained about with clear reference made to (i) any specific words or phrases in the article that are relevant to the complaint; and (ii) any clauses of the Code that the complainant believes to have been breached.
- The desired outcome or remedy sought by the complainant (e.g. correction, private apology, published apology, removal of the article, or other action).
If the complaint is about the conduct or behaviour of an employee or contributor to Exeter Observer, it must include:
- the name(s) of the individual(s) being complained about (if known), or any other information which may identify the individual(s).
- a written account of what is being complained about with clear reference made to (i) the nature of the behaviour or conduct being complained about including any relevant times, dates, correspondence or other evidence to support the complaint; and (ii) any clauses of the Code that the complainant believes to have been breached.
- The desired outcome(s) or remedy sought by the complainant (e.g. correction, private apology, published apology, removal of the article, or other action).
Relevant clauses of the Code are:
- Attribution & Plagiarism
We will acknowledge your complaint by e-mail or in writing within 7 calendar days and will normally respond to your compliant with a final decision letter within 21 calendar days. If we uphold your complaint, we will tell you the remedial actions we have taken.
If at any stage of a complaint we do not hear back from the complainant within 21 calendar days, we will consider the complaint satisfied and closed.
Complaints are recorded and submitted to IMPRESS for publication in their annual report.
If you are not satisfied with the final response to your complaint, or if you do not hear from us within 21 calendar days of submitting your complaint, then you can refer your complaint to our independent regulator IMPRESS in accordance with its regulatory scheme at the following address:
Further information regarding submitting a complaint to IMPRESS can be found in their Complaints FAQ.