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Complainant Name:
Mr Payam Tamiz

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Evening Standard

Complaint:

Mr Payam Tamiz complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the Evening Standard had published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The article alleged that the complainant was a member of the Facebook group ‘Girls in Thanet...you are all slags, hoes, brasses and bheads' and that his personal web pages were ‘littered with derogatory references to women'. The complaint was stayed pending the conclusion of the legal proceedings which were issued by the complainant.

Resolution:

The Commission was subsequently informed that the complaint had been resolved directly between the parties. The Evening Standard agreed to pay damages and published the following apology:

Payam Tamiz

On 27 April 2011 we published an article about Payam Tamiz, who had been standing as a Conservative candidate for election to Thanet District Council, headed "Tory resigns over ‘Thanet girls are slags' outburst". The article alleged that Mr Tamiz had been listed as a member of a Facebook group with the name 'Girls in THANET ... you are all slags, hoes, brasses and bheads' and that his personal web pages were "littered with derogatory references to women. We accept Mr Tamiz's assurances that he was never a member or administrator of this group. We also accept that certain remarks appearing on his Facebook page were critical of a specific personal acquaintance of his and not directed at women in general. We apologise to Mr Tamiz for any distress or embarrassment caused."

Date Published: 26/02/2013



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