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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael Shaw

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Michael Shaw from Edinburgh complained to the Press Complaints Commission about an online article which reported that, in the course of a recent protest in Manchester, NUS President Aaron Porter had been ‘surrounded' by demonstrators who ‘hurled' anti-Semitic abuse at him. The complainant, who was positioned in close to proximity to Mr Porter during the demonstration, said that he had not heard anti-Semitic abuse of any kind. He was concerned that the article gave the erroneous impression of mass chants of racism by protestors.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the addition of YouTube footage of the protest to the article, as well as the following statement:

Further to publication of this article, we have been contacted by Mr Michael Shaw, a student who was positioned in close to proximity to Mr Porter during the protest. Mr Shaw denies that anti-Semitic abuse of any kind was chanted, stating that he heard nothing to support such an assertion.

Date Published: 11/05/2011

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