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Complainant Name:
Mr Jody McIntyre

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Mr Jody McIntyre complained to the Press Complaints Commission through Bhatt Murphy Solicitors of London that two articles published in the Littlejohn column in December 2010 were inaccurate and misleading, in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy), and had discriminated against him on the basis of his disability in breach of Clause 12 (Discrimination) of the Editors' Code.

Resolution:

The Commission initially adjudicated on the complaint in March 2011. The complainant's solicitors challenged the terms of the Commission's adjudication, which led to further correspondence with the newspaper. The complaint was subsequently resolved through the publication of the following clarification and apology in the newspaper:

When I made fun of wheelchair protester Jody McIntyre over his role in last December's student riots in London, I was commenting on his behaviour, not suggesting he was faking his disability. If Jody McIntyre or anyone else has interpreted my comments in that way, I'm sorry.

Date Published: 03/11/2011



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