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Complainant Name:
Mr Mark Rolfe

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sevenoaks Chronicle


Mr Mark Rolfe, the leader of a Scout Group, complaint to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which inaccurately suggested that the Scout Group had been unhappy with a £250 grant provided for them by the Parish Council. Mr Rolfe considered that this misleadingly portrayed the group as being ungrateful for the Parish Council's support, and therefore that the article had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

BOROUGH GREEN: The village Scout group was delighted to receive a £250 grant from the parish council in July to go towards a camp trip to Cornwall.

In our July 19 story "Scouts refused a £1,500 holiday grant by council," we published a picture caption saying they were "not happy."

In fact they were happy with, and grateful for, the grant.

Date Published: 06/11/2012

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