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Complainant Name:
Mr Folohan Adegoke

Clauses Noted: 1, 3

Publication: Mortgage Strategy

Complaint:

Mr Folohan Adegoke of London complained that the magazine had misrepresented comments he had made after being approached on the street and asked to participate in a survey. The article had published his photograph – without his knowledge or permission – and had inaccurately set out that he had said that he would certainly lie to get a mortgage if he could get away with it. In fact, the complainant had indicated to the reporters that he did not know whether he would lie to obtain a mortgage as he had never applied for one. When pressed on whether he would were there no repercussions he replied that he might consider it, but that he would be cautious. The complainant explained that he had not been informed that his comments were to be published, or that his photograph was to be printed.

Resolution:

The Editor contended that the reporters had made clear that they were researching an article for a magazine, and had asked whether they could take the complainant’s details and photograph. The magazine accepted that the complainant made other comments, but contended that the complainant had also made those attributed to him. The complainant indicated that – although he did not agree with or accept the magazine’s stance – he wished for a summary of the position to be made available.

Report: 73



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