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Complainant Name:
Reverend Janet Henderson

Clauses Noted: 1, 2, 12

Publication: Wales Online

Complaint:

Reverend Janet Henderson complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published inaccurate information in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors' Code of Practice. She was further concerned that the newspaper had not afforded her the opportunity to respond to inaccurate allegations and discriminated against her on the grounds of her gender in breach of Clause 2 (Opportunity to reply) and Clause 12 (Discrimination). The complainant said that the newspaper had published inaccurate claims made by an anonymous source that she had resigned as Dean of Llandaff Cathedral due to difficulties she faced due to her gender and also that her resignation was connected to a dispute with the choir. She was further concerned that the newspaper had not put the allegations to her prior to publication.

Resolution:

The newspaper denied that it had breached the Code, and said that the reporter had been told by the Archbishop of Wales' press office that the complainant did not wish to speak to the media. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement as a footnote to the article:

In March 2014, Dean Henderson provided us with the following statement: "My resignation had nothing at all to do with either opposition to me as a woman or an alleged row with members of Llandaff cathedral choir. I received a warm welcome from the cathedral congregations and the community of Llandaff. The only objections to my gender of which I was aware were in the anonymous comments reported in the South Wales press and by one anonymous blogger. I received a letter from members of the then choir stating that there was no dispute between us. All members of the choir had my full support."

Date Published: 04/04/2014



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