Ah, well. It was obviously far too easy.
You may remember my claiming a small victory a couple of weeks back. Court news reporting service courtnewsuk had been using “tranny” in headlines. Apologies all round. Promises not to do it again and…just four days after assurances they wouldn’t, zap!
On July 27, journalists and other users of the service could happily read: “FYLE:SEX CLIENT LEFT JACKET HANGING UP AT HOME OF TRANNY HE STRANGLED”.
And just to drive the point home, about a week later, on August 3, courtnews reported: “FYLE:PUNTER ACCUSED OF MURDERING TRANNY PROSTITUTE LEFT WITH HER THANKS”.
So here’s a plan. Over the next week i will be putting together a complaint for the PCC. Don’t hold your breath. I cana’t see it succeeding.
I will also be writing to the crime desks on the nationals requesting that they not take feed from courtnews until the latter have both apologised and guaranteed not to do it again.
In about two weeks, i hope to be stood outside courtnews with a banner and maybe some leaflets. Anyone care to join me?
Meanwhile, if you’d like to give them a call, the offending page can be found here.
Their complaints manager is a guy called Henri Burgess. (No, not guy Burgess…that’s a totally different kettle of fish). He can be contacted on 020 7236 0116.
Or you can send them a message via firstname.lastname@example.org
Ooops…forgot to add that i have phoned courtnews today and one of the headlines changed very quickly. Unfortunately, a couple of hours later, one remains. Seems they are inattentive, as well as unretentive.