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Complainant Name:
Michael Dempsey

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: East London Advertiser


Michael Dempsey complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had edited a letter he had submitted for publication in a manner that distorted its meaning in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following further letter from the complainant:

I write further to my letter responding to criticism of East End Life, which was published in your 14 April edition.

You said in an editorial note that all of the examples of coverage in East End Life that I had listed were also published in the Advertiser. But that is because you left out nearly half of the examples I cited, including local history, property, sport and entertainment. Sport is a good example. The vast majority of your sports pages are about football, with virtually nothing about youth sport or minority sports. By contrast, East End Life coverage includes youth football, cricket, basketball, and swimming, as well as weightlifting, rugby and athletics.

Based on my experience, I do not look forward to the day that you get your way and East End Life disappears.

Michael Dempsey

Date Published: 11/08/2011

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