use the 'human error' as their 'first-stop' excuse often when
complaints are made against them and when 'Joe Bloggs' has made the
the PCC add it into their Editors' Code of practice. But when the complaint
is made by the likes of the Hampshire Constabulary v Aldershot
News & Mail it is discreetly removed and the complaint will
newspaper accepted from the outset that it was at fault, explaining
that human error had led to the names of the women being included,
and it expressed sincere regret that this had happened".
July 2011, 14:16:30 | Uponnothing
The PCC in their adjudication noted, in very strong terms:
So, what would the punishment be? Well, here is what the PCC did:
They contacted the owners so that they could ensure it never happened again. All well and good you might think, but imagine of this kind of adjudication happened in any other walk of life. Would the tabloids be happy if a teenager found guilty of doing something exceedingly serious was not punished in any way, instead the judge just passed on his thoughts to the parents in the hope that they could take the appropriate action?
What if the Chief Executive of Trinity Mirror doesnt do anything? What would the PCC do in that case? What could they do in that case?
Just imagine the outrage of our spiteful, tawdry and hateful press if any other form of regulation was as woolly, powerless or self-serving as theirs.