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Complainant Name:
Simon Shaw

Clauses Noted: 1, 10

Publication: Halifax Evening Courier

Complaint:

Simon Shaw, owner of Legacy Comics, complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article regarding a protest in a Halifax shopping centre which quoted him but, in his view, misrepresented his position and caused adverse comment from readers of the online piece. He was also concerned that having telephoned the newspaper, he was not informed that the reporter he spoke to was taking notes of their conversation for the purposes of the article.

Resolution:

The newspaper responded promptly to the complaint, removing the online version of the article and the accompanying comments as a goodwill gesture. The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following letter from the complainant:

Your 8 February article ‘Trader fears blow to shops' reported my concerns that a rally against public spending cuts could impact upon my business, Legacy Comics. I wish to make clear that my comments were taken out of context as I was not aware that I was being interviewed for the purposes of publication. My intention was to express my full support of the protest - which, in the event, was peaceful - and call into question the choice of location and the council's failure to communicate openly with traders in Piece Hall.

Simon Shaw, Legacy Comics

Date Published: 07/04/2011



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