The Press Complaints Commission has thrown out a complaint by a British National Party activist against a regional daily
Mark Walker, of Spennymoor, County Durham, objected to coverage of BNP leader Nick Griffin's appearance on the BBC’s Question Time by his local paper, the Northern Echo along with four national titles. He complained that the Echo together with The Times, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, and Guardian, had reported remarks by Welsh Secretary Peter Hain in which he claimed the BNP was an "unlawful body."
Mr Walker described this as a "blatant lie" by the Labour Cabinet minister and former anti-apartheid protester.
Writing on his blog, Echo editor Peter Barron welcomed the decision, describing the complaint as "ridiculous." He said: "The PCC's code of practice states that newspapers are entitled to present individual comment, provided they distinguish clearly between comment, conjecture and fact. The comments were clearly attributed to Mr Hain so there was no breach of the code in any of the papers."
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