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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael Shone

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Chichester Observer


Mr Michael Shone, a former councillor who served on Chichester District Council, complained that two articles had inaccurately reported that he would not be standing at the recent local government elections. He was particularly concerned that, after contacting the newspaper to point out the initial inaccuracy, no correction had been published, and the error had been allowed to appear again in a later article.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following apology:

Michael Shone: An Apology

In our articles ‘Residents are urged to make votes count in local elections' (7 April) and ‘Candidates change allegiance in 2011 Chichester District Council Elections' (4 May), we reported that former Chichester District Councillor, Michael Shone, would not be standing in the recent local elections. We would like to make clear that Mr Shone did, in fact, stand in the election, and apologise to him for this error. We regret that the matter was not clarified at an earlier stage.

Date Published: 01/08/2011

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