Yesterday, i rang the newsdesk of the Islington Gazette to complain about their reporting of the Destiny Lauren appeal. They agreed to amend. They haven’t – so below is another cmplaint to the PCC.
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It is a simple matter of inaccurate reporting, which has the effect of misleading the readership and thereby disrespcting the memory of the victim in this case, Destiny Lauren.
In the original article, the journalist wrote of Leon Fyle, after he had been to the victim’s flat: “After visiting her flat, he went to King’s Cross, where he visited another brothel and paid for sex with two more prostitutes, he told the jury”.
I called the newsdesk of the Islington Gazette on the following day and asked if there was any evidence that Ms Lauren had been operating a brothel. I reminded them that according to Crown Prosecution Service guidelines: “Premises only become a brothel when more than one woman uses premises for the purposes of prostitution, either simultaneously or one at a time (Stevens v Christy  Cr. App. R. 249, DC).”
As the par currently reads, it clearly suggests that Ms Lauren was oeprating a brothel. I suggested that unless the paper had evidence that she had been, or it was claimed in court that she had been, a minor change would serve to put this fact right and to respect Ms Lauren’s memory.
That is, they could as well have printed: “After visiting her flat, he went to King’s Cross, where he visited a brothel and paid for sex with two more prostitutes, he told the jury”.
The individual to whom I spoke, who described himself as a news editor, agreed to do this. A day later, no such amend has been made, so I am complaining officially.