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British Newspaper’s Gay Asylum Coverage Reduced Cameroon’s Persecuted Homos to Kylie Fans

Powered by article was written by Roy Greenslade, for on Thursday 15th July 2010 10.57 UTC

The Press Complaints Commission has received a number of complaints about last week’s coverage in the Daily Express and Daily Mail of the judicial decision to prevent the deportation of two gay asylum-seekers.

I understand that the commission is to consider whether the complaints fall within the ambit of the editors’ code of practice. Can they be shown to be inaccurate or discriminatory?

The Express front page story, shown here, has enraged the National Union of Journalists. Its general secretary Jeremy Dear and deputy, Michelle Stanistreet, are planning to hold a protest outside the Express offices today.

They are also among those who have signed a letter in The Guardian today condemning the Express and Mail coverage. Along the other signatories are the MPs Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell and Caroline Lucas. © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010