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Complainant Name:
Mr Roger Penny

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Kenilworth Weekly News

Complaint:

Mr Roger Penney of Gosport complained with the signed authorisation of Mr Hubert Clee of the Gypsy Light and Life Church that the newspaper’s coverage of issues relating to Roma Gypsies contained inaccuracies and distortions. The complainant, who was not a traveller himself, was particularly concerned that an article had portrayed the Horse Fair and the Christian Convention as one event, when in fact they were separate. He also argued that the claim that travellers at the Horse Fair had wreaked havoc was distorted. Further, the complainant said that letters published in the newspaper displayed prejudice.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published a letter from the complainant, making clear that the Horse Fair and the Christian Convention were two separate events. The letter also expressed concern that other letters published in the newspaper demonstrated ignorance and prejudice. The complainant set out his view that the Roma people were warm-hearted and honourable people. The editor added a footnote to the letter in the following terms:

I accept that our coverage failed to make sufficiently clear the distinction between the Horse Fair and Christian Convention and apologise for any misleading or inaccurate impression given by our report and other comments. Correspondence on this matter is now closed.

Report: 78



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