Clauses Noted: 1
Publication: The Sunday Telegraph
Jack Briggs complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which reported his ex-wife's description of him as an aggressive alcoholic who she feared. The complainant said that the claims about his behaviour and drinking were completely untrue as he had never had a problem with alcohol and at no point in his marriage did he mentally or physically abuse his wife.
The complainant was disappointed that the journalist responsible for the story had failed to contact him before reporting his ex-wife's allegations: he felt this was wholly unprofessional and represented a failure to take care to ensure the accuracy of the article.
The newspaper stood by its version of events and provided a statement from the complainant's ex-wife in which she defended her portrayal of the marriage. The complainant disputed many of the assertions in the newspaper's response to his complaint. Following further discussion, it was accepted that the complainant should have the opportunity to respond to such serious allegations and the PCC negotiated the publication of the following statement of clarification:
Following a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission, we have been asked to make clear that Jack Briggs was not contacted during the reporting of this story. Mr Briggs denies that he was involved in incidents of domestic violence at his shared accommodation with Zena Briggs.
The statement was appended to the online article to ensure the complainant's position is clear to readers.
Date Published: 26/08/2010
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