Leading Newspaper Corrects Coverage of Brexit Rally After Our Complaint of Bias

The Independent newspaper have corrected their article on the November pro-Brexit rally after The People’s Charter Foundation launched a complaint about media bias. Their reporting had implied a low turnout, which we didn’t feel was consistent with the video footage they shared, and made an unfounded claim that we had scaled down event preparations – the final paragraphs of the article now state:

“Update: This article has been updated to included a comment from Luke Nash-Jones, the Founder of the People’s Charter Foundation, who took issue with the estimate our report placed on the number of attendees at the event. He also wished to make clear that none of the organisers had ‘scaled down’ the event. We are glad to clarify the organisers’ position. 10/1/17”

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“Luke Nash-Jones, the Founder of the People’s Charter Foundation, told the Independent: ‘Any suggestion that the organisers directed people to ‘scale down’ protest preparations is wrong – no such action was ever taken. Facebook was used to advertise the protest but certainly no official statement was ever made by the People’s Charter Foundation to imply that every person who showed interest in a social media listing would attend. We actually were very pleased with the turnout for the protest, where there were far more people present than your article implies, estimated through the duration of the day to be nearer a thousand, as can be seen from the video footage on our Facebook page. This is the first of a series of protests, and witnessing the passion of the crowd present, it is clear this nascent movement has great potential to grow.'”

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Nb. The views expressed in this article are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of People's Charter or any associated group such as the Young Chartists.

About the author: Luke Nash-Jones

Luke Nash-Jones is the Director of The People's Charter Foundation. He is a passionate campaigner for "proper Brexit", who opposes open borders.

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