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PCC receives complaints over media coverage of gay asylum case

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  1. Pfft. Like the PCC will do anything about it. They did nothing about Jan Moir’s article despite its clearly homophobic comments throughout (“strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships”, for instance…) and the record number of complaints it received. And these headlines are even less openly homophobic, although it’s apparent to anyone with half a brain that they could at least be interpreted as such even if it wasn’t intentional.

  2. The point is though, the more we complain about the homophobes, the sooner the homophobes will have to change. If we never complain, they will never change. This story has made me think about complaining to the PCC the next time I read a homophobic story. I’ve never thought of doing so before.

    Inspire readers to do more for gay rights, or shut up.

  3. rawr,
    You sound like the Borg, “Resistance is Futile.”

    But as we all know Jean-Luc Picard in the end destroyed the Borg.

    Jay, is correct Resistance is “NOT” Futile.

  4. And today they generated another complaint.. this time about a transphobic headline and article.. not expecting anything to happen, because from the abuse hurled at me coming home from work today the damage is already done..

  5. I’m not criticising the people who are submitting complaints! I’m saying that the PCC clearly isn’t doing its job properly if Moir’s repulsive article didn’t even earn her a slapped wrist. Unfortunately there’s not a “Press Complaints Commission Complaints Commission” to which I can report them.

    http://tabloid-watch.blogspot.com/2010/02/moir-illogical-and-distasteful-but-not.html – there’s an excellent piece about everything wrong with the PCC there, and why all the complaints about Moir’s article ultimately did nothing. Read it and maybe you’ll see why I’m a little cynical when it comes to the usefulness of the PCC. If someone writes something homophobic, perhaps we can find more effective ways to express our disgust than just complaining to a group that will say “Nope, wasn’t homophobic at all”. THAT just sends the message that homophobia is acceptable.

  6. Sadly the PCC, after the Jano Moir debacle, has shown how little they care about homophobia and how much it matters to them. Don’t expect them to act on this. They never treat homophobia the same as racism or sexism

    we have to keep complaining and trying to make them shift but don’t expect anything

  7. The PCC will do nothing – they never do. They are a worthless PR exercise which exists solely to prevent any outside regulation of the press.

    A free press is essential of course but having a free press does not mean that anything and everything can be printed.

    The ‘hate-papers’ in Britain – namely the Daily Mail and the Daily Express – would never speak about black people or Asian people or jews or muslims in the bigotted manner they speak about gay people.

    They know they can get away with it as they know there are no consequences for them.

    That’s why making these complaints to the PCC is actually wotthwhile. While the newspapers won’t face any real consequences because of the utter uselessness of the PCC, making the complaints actually raises awareness of the bigotry of the Mail and Express.

    The Mail and Express are clever. The Mail has an incredibly popular website and does a lot of showbiz exclusives. The Express attracts those lonely socil rejects (who like the Express believe that Princess Diana is still alive and living in a homeless shelter in Bognor Regis).

    They can disguise their naked bigotry quite cleverly.

    Complaining to the PCC has an effect in the long run. The public is far more aware of how homophobic the Mail is after the Moir fiasco. And the homophobia being spewed from the Mail has been toned down dramatically after the outrage over her article.

    That is a good thing.

  8. Join the fun – make your own complaint against the Daily Expresss. They are a particularly dangerous paper as they are read by people who believe in “Princess Diana ate my hamster’ conspiracy theories.

    Read the article here:
    http://www.dailyexpress.co.uk/posts/view/185617/Now-asylum-if-you-re-gay

    The date the article was prined is 9 July.

    Make your complaint to the PCC here:
    http://www.pcc.org.uk/complaints/form.html

    The sections of the Code of Practise which are breached are:

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

    12. Discrimination i) The press must avoid prejudicial or pejorative reference to an individual’s race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation or to any physical or mental illness or disability.

  9. These headlines made me feel sick! Tese so called journalists should look into why there is so much homopbobia, not encourage it!!!

  10. While the Daily Express has clearly overstepped the line here, this “multicoloured cocktails” judge might consider keeping the stereotypical jokes out of his opinions and saving them for the dinner parties. This decision could have great influence on asylum law in many countries, although unfortunately less so in certain cultures where stupid jokes are considered to detract from the persuasive value of good legal reasoning.

  11. @Jonas
    As was pointed out last week, the judge wasn’t really ‘stereotyping’. In a long and clear judgment that set out exactly what happens to lesbian and gay people in some parts of the world (torture, ‘corrective rape’, imprisonment and execution, to name but a few of the abuses) the judge included a throwaway line about the need to allow people to be themselves, which included being open about their sexual orientation – something that straight people take for granted. Of course, none of this (except the bit about cocktails, etc) was reported in the right-wing press, because this doesn’t suit their homophobic agenda. No surprise there, then. No doubt the judge has learned that a sense of humour is wasted on the Tory press.

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