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Complainant Name:
Gringo Ben

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday


Camp for Climate Action activist Gringo Ben complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an inaccurate article relating to the group's decision to send representatives to a climate change conference in Bolivia. The complainant argued that the article: referred to an unrelated internal email; wrongly identified one of the delegates; and misattributed comments obtained from Facebook.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction and apology:

On May 16 an article "Mutiny in the Climate Camp" reported accusations of hypocrisy over a decision to fly delegates to a conference in Bolivia. We cited critical quotes from an internal email but, in fact, these did not relate to the conference decision. Additionally we misattributed Facebook comments to campaigner Ben Hart and incorrectly said he had attended the conference. We apologise for these mistakes.

The correction was also appended to the online version of the article.

Date Published: 22/11/2010

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