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Complainant Name:
Mr Martin Robbins

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


Mr Martin Robbins complained to the Press Complaints Commission under Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice about an article which reported that ‘two thirds of the public backed the newspaper's campaign for an automatic block on online porn'. The complainant said that the survey on which the article was based found that only 36% agreed with the statement that "people's internet service should be filtered unless they ask for it not to be" (i.e. an opt-out basis). The 66% figure referred to the number of people who said that a filtering service should be available if they want it (i.e. an opt-in basis).


While the newspaper maintained that its interpretation of the study had been reasonable, the matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the online article and the marking of the newspaper's cuttings for future reference.

Date Published: 15/06/2012

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