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Complainant Name:
Ms Glenys Williams

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Mirror

Complaint:

Ms Glenys Williams Byam of London complained that an article about her son’s involvement in the death of a teenager had misquoted and misrepresented her. First, the complainant said that she had not begged social services to take her son – who was not part of a gang – into care, but had asked that he be placed in a Residential Unit for children with behavioural problems. Moreover, she did not say that she could not control her son, but that he was not listening to her. The complainant was also concerned that her comments about disciplining children had been misrepresented: she said that she would not have used the word “smack”, and had told the journalist that communities should be built up again, that minor offenders should be compelled to carry out work in the community, and that there should be more youth clubs and mentors in schools. In the complainant’s view, parents, teachers and police should be able to refer young people to boot camps, specialising in teaching discipline, manners and work ethics.

Resolution:

While it did not accept that the article contained any substantial inaccuracies, the newspaper annotated its internal databases with a warning that details had been disputed. The complaint was resolved by this, in addition to the publication of a summary of the complainant’s concerns on the Commission’s website.

Report: 78



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