A weekly newspaper has apologised after publishing a reader’s letter which was “inaccurate and potentially defamatory.”
Frankie Green complained to the Press Complaints Commission about a letter published in the Whitstable Times on 29 March about her and the Whitstable and Faversham branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaignn of which she is a member.
The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following statement and apology: “On March 29 the Times carried a letter from Steve O’Mara replying to one from Frankie Green about Canterbury City Council’s decision to allow Veolia to tender for the area’s waste disposal contract.
“In Mr O’Mara’s letter, headlined ‘Boycott news for Frankie’, he suggested she and her colleagues had sent financial aid to Palestinian/terrorist groups which could be used by terrorist supporters in this country. He linked that to the London bus and Tube 7/7 attacks.
“Ms Green, a member of the Whitstable and Faversham branch of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said: ‘This is patently absurd and completely false, inaccurate and misleading. We are peace campaigners who abhor all forms of terrorism and support only non-violent protest against injustice.’
“We accept Ms Green’s comments and apologise for any distress and offence the letter may have caused.