14 Apr PCC Complaint. The Harrow Times, 13th April 2012

—– Original Message —–
From: Peter Reynolds
To: [email protected]
Sent: Saturday, April 14, 2012 12:48 PM
Subject: Complaint against the Harrow Times, issue dated 13th April 2012

Dear Sirs,

“Men sentenced after cannabis factory found in their home”, the Harrow Times, 13-04-12

I wish to make a complaint concerning the above article. It is still available online at: http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/9648723.Men_sentenced_after_cannabis_factory_found_in_their_home/

I make the complaint on my own account but also in my capacity as the Leader of Cannabis Law Reform (CLEAR), a UK political party, of P.O.Box 674, Salfords, Redhill, RH1 9BN. For the purposes of correspondence, please use my personal address as below.

1. The article breaches clause 1.i) of the code in that it publishes misleading and distorted information.

2. The headline states: “Men sentenced after cannabis factory found in their home”. However, the article then goes on to state that “Class A drugs, two handguns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition” were also found. Clearly these were far more serious crimes with potential to cause far more harm to others than growing cannabis plants. Therefore, the headline, while strictly accurate, is deliberately misleading. It distorts the truth. The journalist and editor concerned know full well and indeed rely on the fact that many readers will take the message from the misleading headline without reading any further.

I would be grateful if you would deal with this complaint at your earliest convenience. I shall be happy to provide any further information required or to give oral evidence in support.

Yours faithfully,

Peter Reynolds