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Complainant Name:
Mr George Shiakallis

Clauses Noted: 1, 10

Publication: Daily Mirror

Complaint:

Mr George Shiakallis complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) and Clause 10 (Clandestine devices and subterfuge) of the Editors' Code of Practice. He said that a creditors' meeting of the company Cash4Phones had been filmed secretly, without consent. He also said that it was inaccurate to state that hundreds of people had attended the meeting, as only five had attended; that it was unclear from the article and accompanying video footage that he was not a director of the company, but rather was attending as a translator; and that the majority of debt was not been owed to customers who had sold their phones to the company, but was owed to one lender.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the removal of the video from the newspaper's website; the removal of the complainant's name from the online article; the amendments of references to "bosses", to make it clear that only one director had been in attendance; and the amendment of the headline to show that only five people had attended the meeting.

Date Published: 28/08/2014



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