Thursday, 13 January 2011

PCC confirms Telegraph 'subterfuge' investigation

The Press Complaints Commission today confirmed it has initiated an investigation into the use of subterfuge by the Daily Telegraph, which led to reports in December of comments made by Liberal Democrat MPs, including Vince Cable's claim that he had "declared war" on Rupert Murdoch.

The PCC said it was contacted by around 200 members of the public on this subject, and proactively sought the comments of party representatives. It added that the President of the Liberal Democrats has today written to the PCC and asked it to investigate the issue.

A PCC spokesman said: "We have now received a letter from the Liberal Democrats asking us formally to investigate. We will do so under Clause 10 (Clandestine devices and subterfuge) of the Editors' Code of Practice."

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