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Complainant Name:
Ms Hanne Stinson

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Church Times

Complaint:

Ms Hanne Stinson of the British Humanist Association complained that the newspaper’s coverage of issues relating to the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill had been one-sided. The complainant contended that the newspaper only presented arguments against the Bill, and had not acknowledged that a majority of Christians supported it.

Resolution:

The newspaper contended that it had no particular line on this issue, and emphasised the difficulty of reporting when one side had taken the initiative and there was no organised body presenting an opposing view. The Editor also indicated that the newspaper attempted to add context through comments pages and readers’ letters, and emphasised that the newspaper had published the results of a recent poll on euthanasia. The complaint was resolved when the newspaper undertook to strive to represent all sides of the Assisted Dying Bill debate – and indeed all other issues – as fairly as possible.

Report: 73



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