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Complainant Name:
Mr Tomasz Orynski

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Huffington Post


Mr Tomasz Orynski complained to the Press Complaints Commission on behalf of Zdzislaw Molodynski, about two articles which he considered to have been inaccurate and misleading in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. The article carried comments attributed to Mr Molodynski, which he claimed not to have made.


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

Huffington Post

In an article headlined ‘Drunk Santa & Helper Flung From Sleigh Face Drink Driving Charges' provided to use by the Central European News Agency (CEN), a passer-by Zdzislaw Molodynski was quoted as saying Santa and his helper were drunk. Mr Molodynski has since informed us that he did not make these comments, and we have removed the article and apologise for the inaccuracy. We are also happy to make clear that Santa and his helper did not face any charges .

Date Published: 28/02/2014

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