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Complainant Name:
Denise Pfeiffer and Clive Potter

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror

Complaint:

Denise Pfeiffer and Clive Potter of Leicester complained that an online article inaccurately suggested that Mr Potter was the “live-in boyfriend” of Ms Pfeiffer and that he was a “leading British National Party activist”. In fact, the complainants clarified that they had a platonic friendship and lived together as housemates. Mr Potter said that he had been expelled from the BNP after raising objections on an issue.

Resolution:

The newspaper said that the claims in the article regarding the complainants’ relationship relied on an interview Ms Pfeiffer had given in 2001. The complainants explained that this earlier article was itself inaccurate (though it was accepted that no complaint had been made about it at the time).

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper appended the following statement to the online article:

Denise Pfeiffer and Clive Potter insist that they have never been in a sexual relationship and live together only as friends. We would also like to make clear that Mr Potter was expelled from the BNP shortly before the article was published.

Report: 77



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