You reported last week that Peter Bradley MP’s bill to introduce a
legally enforceable right of reply to newspaper inaccuracies was
“doomed to failure”.
How right you were. But it was hardly
surprising. To support his anti- PCC case he peddled hugely misleading
statements about the PCC’s record, and relied on a feeble piece of
research from the strange charity “Mediawise”, which the government
minister responding to the bill dismissed as “based on a very small,
and not necessarily representative, sample”.
Bradley ignored the
true position: that, of the 333 legitimate accuracy complaints that the
PCC investigated last year, we negotiated offers to put the matter
right in all but six cases.
The rest were upheld.
some record – and totally at odds with the characterisation of the PCC
promoted by Bradley. No wonder he and his supporters – the NUJ and
Mediawise – could only persuade six other MPs to vote for this
unnecessary piece of legislation when it was put to the vote last
Tim Toulmin Director Press Complaints Commission