Opinion: “The PCC – providing a fair means of resolving complaints, Part 2 – Bias and Fairness” Jonathan Coad

3 04 2010

In the second part of this four part post, Jonathan Coad considers the question of bias and the Press Complaints Commission and how it measures up to its own standards of being “fast, free and fair”.

You are walking down the street and a burly policeman jumps on you and beats you up for no reason. You take exception to this and make a complaint against the policeman. Imagine being told that your assailant has insisted that your complaint of assault is to be adjudicated by a body set up and funded by the police, where the relevant law has been written by the police and where nearly half of the adjudicating panel are serving police officers, most of whom themselves have a well documented record for such crimes. The same body also campaigns for ever greater liberty for the police to act in a way which infringes the rights of the individual without legal liability. So it is with complaints to the PCC.

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