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Complainant Name:
Northamptonshire Racial Equality Council

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Northampton Chronicle & Echo

Complaint:

Ms Anjona Roy, Chief Executive of the Northamptonshire Racial Equality Council, complained that the newspaper’s coverage of a police investigation into a complaint about a television programme featuring Basil Brush had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Code. Specifically, the complainant was concerned that the newspaper had misrepresented the nature of the complaint. Further, the newspaper had quoted an individual who had said that a ‘traveller’ was not a race; the complainant emphasised that Gypsies were defined by law as a racial group. The complainant was also concerned that the newspaper had only published text messages it had received in support of the view that police should not investigate the incident, thereby presenting a distorted image of public opinion.

Resolution:

The newspaper emphasised that it had published a number of articles on this matter, and indicated that there was no intention to deliberately mislead. Further, the editor explained that the newspaper had published a selection of text messages it had received. When the complainant pointed to a message in support of the complaint which had not been received, the editor offered to conduct an investigation as to why this occurred. The complaint was resolved when the complainant agreed to meet the editor, with a view to a follow up feature about the racial status of Romany Gypsies, which the editor accepted had not been clearly explained.

Report: 77



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