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Complainant Name:
Mr Chris Denning

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

Mr Chris Denning complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the article incorrectly stated that he had complained that his human rights had been violated because he could not have sex with children or take naked photographs of them. The complainant expressed concern that the article included several other inaccuracies, such as that he was currently residing in a prison cell and that he had been jailed in 1974.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the claim that the complainant considered his human rights to have been violated because he could not have sex with children or take naked photos of them. The claim was replaced with the following statement:

He said: ‘For the first nearly 60 years of my life my human rights were violated and I was denied the basic freedom to be legally able to have a sexual relationship with a consenting young male adult friend of 19 or 20, or to take intimate photographs of him'.

The newspaper also published the following correction and apology at the end of the article on its website:

An earlier version of this article suggested that Chris Denning had claimed that his human rights had been violated because he could not have sex with children or take naked photos of them. The Telegraph accepts that Mr Denning did not say this and apologises accordingly.

Date Published: 03/06/2010



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