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Complainant Name:
Mr Andrew Stephenson

Clauses Noted: 1, 2, 3

Publication: The Argus (Brighton)


Mr Andrew Stephenson complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the publication of two articles which he felt were inaccurate and intrusive, in breach of Clauses 1 (Accuracy), 2 (Opportunity to reply) and 3 (Privacy) of the Editors' Code of Practice.

The articles reported on the activities of pro-life campaigners in the Brighton area, including the organisation to which the complainant belonged, Abort67; one article also reported that the complainant, along with several other members of the organisation, was due to appear in court in connection with public order offences.

The complainant objected to the publication of his address, and he felt readers had been misled by the newspaper's failure to publish Abort67's position on the stories reported.


The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated an undertaking, on the part of the newspaper, to not publish the complainant's address in reports about his political activity. The newspaper also committed itself to contact the complainant for comment in relation to future stories about the campaigning activities of Abort67, and to allow him the opportunity to provide a letter for publication.

Date Published: 26/11/2012

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