Case Number: 852

Council Meeting: NOVEMBER 2001

Verdict: Not Upheld

Publication: Contact

Ruling Categories: Letters to the Editor, Closure, Non-Publication

Mr Angus Gibb complained to the Press Council twice in recent months about non-publication of his letters to Contact’s editor. In both cases the Council has not upheld his complaints on the grounds that editors have the right to select letters for publication.

This third complaint is again about non-publication of letters to the editor. In this instance Mr Gibb disagreed with the earlier Press Council adjudication and wrote to the editor expressing that disagreement. This letter was not published.

In not upholding this third complaint the Press Council repeats that editor’s have the right to select letters for publication. There is nothing in any of Mr Gibb’s complaints which warrants any exception to this well-established principle.

Further, after considering three complaints on essentially the same point the Council will not consider further complaints from Mr Gibb on similar lines. The Council feels that the editor of Contact has dealt professionally and patiently with Mr Gibb’s complaints all of which have been not upheld.