Friday 17 May 2013
How the PCC resolved a complaint about a story The Sun couldn’t prove
sun Page 1 splash, 13 March – a story that The Sun could not substantiate
The Sun published the front page shown above on 13 March. Under one of its trademark headlines, the “exclusive” article stated that Lib-Dem MP Chris Huhne had been ridiculed on his first day in Wandsworth jail.
It said a prison officer had called him to breakfast by yelling over the jail’s speaker system: “Order! Order!”
According to the article, “the mocking warden” mimicked the commons speaker by saying: “The right honourable member for Wandsworth North — down to the office.”
It also said other prisoners laughed at Huhne, that they had bullied him and that he had been transferred to a wing for vulnerable prisoners.
But the story was just that – a story. When Huhne’s partner complained about the article to the Press Complaints Commission, the paper was unable to substantiate any of the claims.
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(posted by PL)