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Complainant Name:
Mr Mark Emmerson

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Leigh Times

Complaint:

Mr Mark Emmerson of Leigh-on-Sea complained that a letter he had sent to his local councillor had been published by the newspaper as a reader’s letter to the editor without his consent. The complainant was also concerned that the final paragraph had been altered misleadingly.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – having explained the circumstances in which the letter was published – wrote a private letter of apology to the complainant and gave an assurance that it would take greater care in future to confirm that letters it received were for publication.

Report: 73



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