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Complainant Name:
Mr Stephen Dosman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Cambridge Student


Mr Stephen Dosman, on behalf of Cambridge Community Samba Band Arco Iris, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had illustrated the headline "'Drugs fair' will go ahead" with a photograph of one of their members performing with the band which included the band logo. The complainant was concerned that readers might have thereby made an association between both band and individual and drug use.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the complainant:

Dear Sir,

Your front page headline of 4 March, "'Drugs fair' will go ahead" was illustrated with a close-up photograph of one of our members performing with the band, and included the Arco Iris band logo. Your article did not identify the photograph or mention the band. We are therefore concerned that some readers may have inferred an association between the band and drugs. We would like to make it very clear that neither the individual pictured nor the band endorses or has any links to drug-taking at Strawberry Fair.

Arco Iris is an open membership samba band made up of enthusiastic and committed drummers from across all parts of the Cambridge community. We perform at Strawberry Fair because we strongly support the dedication to music, creativity, community and family which guides the fair organisers.

Date Published: 17/05/2010

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