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Complainant Name:
The webmaster of gaybrum.com

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mercury

Complaint:
The webmaster of gaybrum.com complained that the newspaper had inaccurately suggested that his website – which is designed for use by gay adults, particularly visitors to Birmingham and the West Midlands – was a resource for paedophiles. In particular, the newspaper claimed that the small part of the website devoted to “rent boys” suggested an endorsement of sex with minors, where in fact the site used the term as a description of young adult male prostitutes. The newspaper also suggested that the site should be subject of a police investigation, when in fact the webmaster had liased with the local police and that the West Midlands Police had themselves provided a link to gaybrum.com from one of their sites.

Resolution:
The newspaper published a full clarification in its print and online edition.

Report: 63



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