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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael Shaw

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph


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 ‘barracked [him] with anti-Semitic insults'. The complainant, who was positioned in close 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 a link to YouTube footage of the protest to the article, as well as the following statement:

Following the publication of this article, we have been contacted by Mr Michael Shaw, a student who was positioned in close proximity to Mr Porter during the protest. Mr Shaw says that he did not hear any anti-Semitic abuse being chanted.

Date Published: 11/05/2011

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