Complaint to Paul Dacre chair of press code about Paul Dacre Daily Mail editor

This is Tom Pride’s complaint to Paul Dacre about his newspaper’s conduct in running a story about an unemployed couple, who spent £1,500 on Christmas for their two children. Mr Pride points out how the article broke several clauses of the very code Dacre, in his capacity as chairman of the new press regulatory body, is pledged to uphold. Most significant is the clause that stipulates that children’s identities should not be revealed. This is one of the major requirements of journalistic ethics. It is why the identities of child criminals are hidden, with the exception of cases where a judge rules that the law may be lifted, and why the identities of the victims of paedophiles are also never revealed. Yet Dacre’s organ has blatantly flouted this in order to run yet another feature reassuring his bilious, insecure and spiteful lower middle class readers that those on benefits are all scroungers overpaid by the state. Clearly, Dacre should not be head of the body, as his very occupation of the position turns it into a laughing stock.

Pride's Purge

(not satire – it’s the UK gutter press)

Mr Paul Dacre

Chair of the Editor’s Code of Practice

‘Independent’ Press Standards Organisation

Dear Mr Dacre,

I am writing to you in your position as chairman of the Editor’s Code of Practice to complain about you in your position as editor of the Daily Mail.

Specifically I am writing to complain about an article you commissioned in your own newspaper, the Daily Mail, in which you and your newspaper grossly maligned and bullied two young children, aged 3 and 6 years old.

Although the children’s faces were (poorly) blanked out in your article, the full identity of their parents was revealed so the identities of the two children were in effect not kept secret.

I therefore believe the article was a gross intrusion into the children’s right to privacy and could have a detrimental affect on their education, home life and health.

The following article (

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