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Complainant Name:
Mr Alan Mclean

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Independent


Mr Alan Mclean of Merseyside complained that an article had inaccurately suggested that the internet bulletin board AirGunBBS of which he was a member contained messages from poachers exchanging tips.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper, which made clear that the information had been taken from an article in 2004 in a sister paper, published the following letter:

I am a regular member and contributor to the AirGunBBS and I find that the above article by Ian Herbert is both personally offensive and inaccurate. He references the AirGunBBS as a haunt of poachers and criminals. The AirGunBBS, through its moderators and members, takes criminality of all forms very seriously and oppose it vigorously and consistently. The vast majority of BBS members are strongly opposed to the inhumane treatment of animals from whatever cause. The BBS exists to support the legal and safe use of airguns and to offer support to the sport.

Report: 74

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