Press Complaints Commission.
. These are the 'COMMISSION MEMBERS' that make-up the news media's 'Self Regulating Press Complaints Commission'. . .
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that the Press Complaints Commission has to change, calling it "toothless" and a "complaints
body at best" run by the Newspapers for the Newspapers. . . I'm not a 'Fan' of Nick Clegg,. but this one he has got 'Dead Right'.
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The 'MEMBERS' will now be known as the 'Barmy Army'
'Baroness Buncombe is out and Lord Hunt of Wirral in'. Don't hold your breath expecting things to change for just like the Law Society's 'Self Regulatory
Complaints Procedure' who changed their 'coat' so many times it was like "Joseph's Coat of many colours" but never changed, this lot will still be 'toothless'.
Baroness Buscombe (public member)
Chairman (click here for Baroness Buscombe's
biographical notes)
Lord Grade of Yarmouth CBE (public member)
Former BBC Chairman, Executive Chairman of
ITV plc and Chief Executive of Channel 4.
Anthony Longden (editorial member)
Managing Editor, North & East London Newsquest
Ian MacGregor (editorial member)
Editor, The Sunday Telegraph
John McLellan (editorial member)
Editor, The Scotsman
Ian Nichol (Deputy Chairman; public member)
Accountant
Member of Criminal Cases Review Commission
Lindsay Nicholson (editorial member)
Editorial Director, Good Housekeeping
Simon Reynolds (editorial member)
Editorial Director
Lancashire Evening Post & Wigan Evening Post
Esther Roberton (public member)
Chair, Sacro
Jeremy Roberts QC (public member)
Former Permanent Judge at the Central Criminal
Court
Simon Sapper (public member)
Assistant Secretary, Communication Workers'
Union
Julie Spence OBE QPM (public member)
Former Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire
Constabulary
Michael Smyth CBE (public member)
Chairman, Public Concern at Work
Retired Senior Partner, Clifford Chance
Professor Ian Walden (public member)
Professor of Information and Communications
Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Peter Wright (editorial member)
Editor, The Mail on Sunday
Tina Weaver (editorial member)
Editor, Sunday Mirror

If you look at this lot they are, apart from one, either part of or connected to the news media or the legal professions so, when your website publishes on the Internet how bad a law firm had carried out your litigation and your complaint is against a newspaper (Guardian) for publishing false defamatory content and accusing you of the crimes of another person, you haven't got a chance when you make an official complaint to be investigated by this 'Barmy Army'.

The Press Complaints Commission is charged with enforcing the following Code of Practice which was framed by the newspaper and periodical industry and was ratified by the PCC in January 2011.
THE editors' CODE.
1 . Accuracy
i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
ii) A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published. In cases involving the Commission, prominence should be agreed with the PCC in advance.
iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.
iv) A publication must report fairly and accurately the outcome of an action for defamation to which it has been a party, unless an agreed settlement states otherwise, or an agreed statement is published.
2 . Opportunity to reply..
A fair opportunity for reply to inaccuracies must be given when reasonably called fo
r.
Let me also quote from their rule book;
"It is essential that an agreed code be honoured not only to the letter but
. in the full spirit".
With all the 'brain power'' supposedly pocessed by the 'Barmy Army' you would have expected them, or at least most of them, to be able to understand the "Editors Code" of practice.

The Guardian's Managing Editor, Elisabeth Ribbans, and their 'Star Idiot' Journalist who bestowed the title of "The scourge of all law firms, good and bad" upon me also accused me of the misdemeanours and the High Court convictions of another person, published it on the Internet and would for six weeks refuse to remove this defamatory content allowing it to be copied by scores of other media websites and flooding the Internet with false accusations. What does the "Editors Code" say "The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information", let me further quote from the "E-C" "A significant inaccuracy, misleading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and - where appropriate - an apology published". Surely that's not hard for the 'Barmy Army' to understand.

A few days after the Guardian's publication I sent emails to all relevant mailboxes just asking for a correction to their article but, although I receive automated confirmation replies, I was ignored. I repeated the process 15 days later and again receive automated replies. Let me quote the Guardian's own policies "It is the Guardian's policy to correct significant errors as soon as possible. ...errors may be corrected at our discretion". At the Guardian's "discretion" was to ignored me for six weeks.

The only course of action left to me was a complaint to the PRESS COMPLAINTS COMMISSION.. First you read the 'rules' then follow the 'rules' therefore the 'rules' for the complaint handling appear to be straightforward, as "The Press Complaints Commission is charged with enforcing the following Code of Practice which was framed by the newspaper and periodical industry and was ratified by the PCC in January 2011".

First contact with the PCC is through a Complaints Officer, mine was a Rebecca Hales, who tries very hard to have you accept, after the newspaper had been very bloody minded, an apology and then they can all go away wagging their tails having s--t on yet another idiot.. Having failed to have me accept an apology I'm told by Rebecca Hales "we ask the Commission to take a view on the matter under the terms of the Editors' Code".
'Editors Code' what would John McEnroe make of that? "You can't be serious".

Now let me tell you what this 'Barmy Army' came up with and you won't find this anywhere in their 'Editors Code';
The PPC's 'decision'
The failure to respond to a direct complaint was, of course, regrettable and the Commission took the view the inaccuracy could have been corrected sooner. It accepted the newspaper's explanation that a genuine human error had resulted in an oversight and remained satisfied that the action - taken on the day the complaint was received via the PCC- represented a sufficient remedy to the complaint under clause 1 (ii)".
You might even notice, "...that the action - taken on the day the complaint was received via the PCC", that the 'Barmy Army' ignored the fact that my twelve emails were sent almost six weeks earlier. Oh yeah, 'human error' you won't find that in any of the 'rule' books either, I've looked!

A request for a 'Review' has been sent to Lt Gen Sir Michael Willcocks
independentreviewer@pcc.org.u

What does 'Mickey' have to say "I have no locus here"

There are many sayings that probably explain the
reasons this Barmy Army act like, in fact are, a
'Protection Racket', let me just mention two;
"Don't look a gift horse in the mouth" and "Don't
bite the hand that feeds you"
, I don't think that
takes much intelligence to work out!

There's more to follow so 'Watch this Space'

Time to read the full story.