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Complainant Name:
Mr Matt Hibbs

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Worksop Guardian

Complaint:

Mr Matt Hibbs of Ollerton complained that the newspaper had published a letter from a reader that contained inaccuracies regarding events at his father’s funeral and was misleading about the nature of the travelling community. He was also concerned that the letter’s headline had been both discriminatory and insensitive at a time when he and his family were grieving.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published an apology with due prominence in the following terms:

On 31st October 2008, we published a letter from a reader headlined “Leeches on our society”, which commented upon a funeral for a member of the travelling community. We would like to apologise for the distress caused, at a difficult time, to the family by this letter and its headline.

Report: 79



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