Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Press Complaints Commision Decision

On 2/12/05 I sent the following complaint to the Press Complaints Commission

Dear Sir or Madam

I am writing to complain about the following publication: Timesonline

On the date of:July 14 2005

The Headline was: CCTV pictures show London bus bomber

My complaint details are as follows:

I believe the following section of the code has been breached by the Times.

Accuracy
i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
ii) A significant inaccuracy, mis-leading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published.

When they state the following:

Hasib Hussain, an 18-year-old from Leeds, is shown in a CCTV image mounting the stairs at Luton station before taking the 7.40am train to King's Cross.

This information is incorrect and misleading as no 7.40 train left Luton Station that morning and this information is readily available from Thameslink. In fact, no train left Luton thameslink after 7.40 that could have reached Kings X in time for these young men to board the underground trains.

The link to the article is: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,22989-1693797,00.html

Yours Sincerely

Bridget Dunne

Source: Complaint to the PCC


Today, 7/2/06, 7 months after the events in London on 7/7/05, I received the following reply:


Their decision was as follows:
Press Complaints Commission
Commission's decision in the case of Dunne v The Times

The Commission noted the complainant's contention that the article was wrong in stating that the 7 July bombers took a train from Luton station at 0740. However, there appeared to be no suggestion that the substance of the article was incorrect and no complaint from anyone connected to Hasib Hussain had been received to the effect that any photographs published by the Times were not, in fact, of him. The Commission did not consider that any very minor inaccuracy with regard to when the train left Luton was so significant as to mislead readers or to warrant correction under the terms of the Code. Ultimately, it did consider the Code to have been breached by the article at all.
Just to remind myself of the PCC's code of conduct
Accuracy
i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
ii) A significant inaccuracy, mis-leading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published.

So when the PCC say:
The Commission did not consider that any very minor inaccuracy with regard to when the train left Luton was so significant as to mislead readers or to warrant correction under the terms of the Code. Ultimately, it did consider the Code to have been breached by the article at all.

I can only assume that the fact that Hasib Hussain could not have got onto a train at 7.40, to then be seen in London at 8.26, is just a 'minor inaccuracy'.

It was so insignificant, according to the PCC, as to not warrant correction under the terms of the code.

Simple things like facts now appear to be irrelevant in this 'stage-managed' world we inhabit.

5 comments:

cmain said...

Well done for trying, sorry about the result.

It's annoying that "accredited journalists" have more opportunity than the general public to investigate these matters but refuse to do so.

Anonymous said...

What was the point of this?
Whatever time these reports refer to nobody is confusing the event with something else. As they point out nobody has seriously suggested that what took place didn't happen.

If they simply said "on the morning of 7 July" what difference would it make? You appear to be some strange variation of a spelling nazi who's only gripe is with correct quotation of a train schedule which has no bearing on what happened.

Get over it. Whether all publications and reference materials are changed tomorrow the only different outcome will be for you. Nobody else. Not the event. Nothing.
Get over it.

Anonymous said...

Re: anonymous (March 15, 2006 1:57 PM)

Since when have monkeys surfed the web?

This monkeys logic is: The fact that the suppposed bombers could not set off the bombs is irrelevant to 7-7.

Throw it a banana please.

Anonymous said...

It is shameful (but not surprising) that the PCC dont give a two-bob-bit about the publication of factual (or otherwise) material. They have shown their fibre clearly.

They dont care at all.

Beth Green said...

This is one of the most sinister events to have occurred in the history of this country. Every miniscule particle of it should be scrutinised to ensure that what happened is fully understood. Surely the movements of the four alleged bombers have to be very accurately charted to prove at least that they were able, timewise, to have carried out the bombings. This matter is far too important for us to have just a hazy idea of times and events.