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Newspapers : Right of Redress

Comment 9th July 2010

My idea is that whenever a newspaper has been shown to have printed a falsehood about a person it should print a full retraction and apology as the main story on its front page. An apology buried on a inside page does not balance a front page spread making false accusations and destroying a person reputation.

The Press Complains Commission should be taken out of the hands of the Press Industry and should consider such complaints having the authority to order the redress I have described.

Why does this matter?

Our newspapers are notorious for being creative with their storylines.  It is very difficult for anyone except the extremely wealthy to take them to court to prove that their stories are lies, therefore we need anyother way.

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