Open Letter to the Press Complaints Commission

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Jan 8, 2008, 11:18:39 AM1/8/08
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Press complaints commission

No response to my last email yet re dealing with the likes of Goldacre
through the PCC?

FYI the relevant sections of the PPC pertinent to our concerns would
be as below.

The complaints procedure is very simple and you can submit a complaint
if, after a week, you have received no reply from the editor or are
unhappy with the reply.

Gary



Accuracy

i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or
distorted information, including pictures.

ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once
recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and -
where appropriate - an apology published.

iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly
between comment, conjecture and fact.

iv) A publication must report fairly and accurately the outcome of an
action for defamation to which it has been a party, unless an agreed
settlement states otherwise, or an agreed statement is published.

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Opportunity to reply

A fair opportunity for reply to inaccuracies must be given when
reasonably called for.


The public interest

There may be exceptions to the clauses marked * where they can be
demonstrated to be in the public interest.

1. The public interest includes, but is not confined to:
i) Detecting or exposing crime or serious impropriety.
ii) Protecting public health and safety.
iii) Preventing the public from being misled by an action or statement
of an individual or organisation.

2. There is a public interest in freedom of expression itself.

3. Whenever the public interest is invoked, the PCC will require
editors to demonstrate fully how the public interest was served.

4. The PCC will consider the extent to which material is already in
the public domain, or will become so.

5. In cases involving children under 16, editors must demonstrate an
exceptional public interest to over-ride the normally paramount
interest of the child.


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