I cannot stand reading or hearing the word “Allegedly” in media news.
Allegedly, media must use the word to cover its ass in case a statement turns out to be incorrect.
There are times when it is factually incorrect to use Allegedly. Take the case of the Jewish engagement party in Melbourne. The HeraldSun says: POLICE are probing an engagement party allegedly held in breach of lockdown laws and attended by an infected person, amid fears it could spark another concerning Covid cluster.
“allegedly held in breach of lockdown laws”.. erm, parties are not permitted under lockdown laws. groups of people congregating indoors is not permitted. SO why was the word allegedly used? There is clear video evidence and countless people coming forward admitting the party took place.
- Is there a rule requiring media to include the word?
- Is there a legal case in Australia?
- allegedly – used to convey that something is claimed to be the case or have taken place, although there is no proof.
According to Google: We use “alleged” and “allegedly” for the same reason that it’s “innocent until proven guilty.” There may be tape recordings or videos of something, or e-mails showing something, or the police say that someone has done something. But until someone has been convicted of an offense, legally, he or she is innocent.
Allegedly , the allergations made in this post are alleged but entirely innocent!