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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael Shaw

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Daily Telegraph

Complaint:

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.

Resolution:

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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