Report Rebekah Wade to the PCC – and do it today

Posted by Tim Ireland at November 11, 2005

Category: Rupert 'The Evil One' Murdoch

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The Sun carries on with it’s ‘traitors’ campaign today, but it is relegated to Page 2 (where they generally keep stories that they wish to soft-pedal). They’re on the back foot because Rebekah Wade stepped way, way over the line with yesterday’s actionable hissy-fit – but firm action is still required to bring this reckless editor to heel.


Pledgebank – Report Rebekah: I will spend an hour researching, drafting and submitting an independent complaint to the Press Complaints Commission about Rebekah Wade’s conduct and/or material published by the Sun before and after the 90-day terror law vote, but only if 100 other people do the same.


Ideally, we need 50 pledges by this afternoon, as such things need to be acted on swiftly (especially as many complaints – if sent by email – will require a link to the offending article(s), and the Sun takes these offline after a few days). If anyone requires scans or photocopies – that may be requested by the PCC following your complaint – then I have copies of most offending issues of the Sun right here on my desk. All you need do is ask.

Your complaint may relate to any or all of the following:

The misrepresentation of John Tulloch’s views on this front page.
– Acting without sympathy and discretion over the personal grief or shock of any victim of the 7/7 atrocities, listed under ‘losers’ in yesterday’s Sun.
– The misguiding use of an ‘opinion poll’ with only one answer.
– The labelling of MPs who voted against the proposed legislation as ‘traitors’ in yesterday’s Sun (see also: front page from that same edition) and again today on Pg 2.
– Their use of conjecture/opinion presented as fact, relating directly to claims that the proposed legislation was supported by the majority of the public and this claim that; “As you made your voices heard in near-record numbers, senior Tories began to buckle – and Labour rebels started drifting back to the Government side.”

Let’s get to it…. if the PCC Code of Practice is any guide, John Tulloch is owed a full front-page correction and apology, and so are many MPs.

Press Complaints Commission – Online Complaint Form

Press Complaints Commission – Code of Practice (extract):

1 – Accuracy

i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.

ii) A significant inaccuracy, mis-leading statement or distortion once recognised must be corrected, promptly and with due prominence, and – where appropriate – an apology published.

iii) The Press, whilst free to be partisan, must distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact.

5 – Intrusion into grief or shock

In cases involving personal grief or shock, enquiries and approaches must be made with sympathy and discretion and publication handled sensitively. This should not restrict the right to report legal proceedings, such as inquests.


  1. goatchurch says

    Oh… look who’s head of the PCC. of the few rats so far to publically abandon the sinking ship Iraq. He has to make his serious money selling books, unlike the last PCC man who did it by being on the board of Enron.

  2. Garry says

    Excellent idea. I’m not sure if the PCC can make this happen though. We can but hope.

  3. davblog says

    Report Rebekah Wade to the PCC

    Tim Ireland reckons it’s about time that Rebekah Wade was taken to task over the lies that The Sun has…

  4. Scott Matthewman says

    From past experience, the PCC are likely to ignore any complaints that can’t demonstrate direct involvement with the story. From their FAQ page:”I am not the person directly involved in the report that I want to complain about. Can the PCC still help?Unless there are very exceptional circumstances the Commission will only consider complaints from those directly involved. However, if you are complaining on behalf of another person, the Commission will usually accept your complaint provided you have their written authority.” luck, all the same.

  5. Manic says

    The Sun themselves acknowledge that this is an issue that effects us all.

  6. Talk Politics says

    Reporting Rebekah

    "I will spend an hour researching, drafting and submitting an independent complaint to the Press Complaints Commission about Rebekah Wade's conduct and/or material published by the Sun before and after the 90-day terror law vote, but only if 50 other p…

  7. Tim Worstall says

    Britblog Roundup # 39

    Something of a bumper crop for this week’s Britblog Roundup! As ever you can make your nominations for next week’s by emailing the URL to britblog AT gmail DOT com. Best posts from British and Irish blogs please, those things

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