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Complainant Name:
Cilfrew Resident's Association

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: South Wales Evening Post

Complaint:

Linda Ware, Secretary of the Cilfrew Resident’s Association, complained about an article which reported on a claim made by a Blaenhonddan councillor that she had been misquoted as having made disparaging remarks about people on benefits at a council meeting. The complainant said that she had herself attended the meeting and had heard the councillor make the disputed comments and fourteen statements – two from fellow councillors and twelve from members of the Cilfrew Resident’s Association and other people in the public gallery – had been submitted to the Ombudsman to this effect. The crux of the complainant’s concerns rested on the omission of any reference to comments made by two councillors – indicating that they had heard their fellow councillor make the disputed comment – during the meeting.

Resolution:

The complainant agreed to the newspaper’s suggestion that it publish a follow-up article which reported on the fourteen statements that had been submitted to the Ombudsman and included a statement from the Cilfrew Resident’s Association. However, events superseded this agreement with the newspaper when it became apparent that the Ombudsman was to investigate the councillor’s alleged remarks. The newspaper therefore published an article reporting the initiation of that investigation. The complainant agreed to resolve her complaint on that basis but indicated that the matter could have been avoided if the original article had contained a reference to the comments made by the two councillors during the meeting.

Report: 76



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