Some Paddies and Micks laid a complaint with the Press Council against a story, that it turns out was manufactured, that Micks were spreading the pox in Christchurch. The complaints were upheld.
The Weekend Press published an article on October 12 about health data from the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) concerning the increase in chlamydia in the region since 2011.
The headline of the article was Luck of the Irish has downside in sex-disease stats.
The introduction read ”Irish workers helping with the rebuild are sharing the love but it seems they may also be helping to spread sexual disease.”
The newspaper article was illustrated by a cartoon depicting two men in green coats heading into a doorway signposted STD Clinic.
The article reported an increase in the number of confirmed cases of chlamydia in Christchurch. It also reported an increase in the number of Irish nationals making appointments for investigation and treatment.
The Press Council considered and upheld complaints from four complainants: Charlie Smyth, Skry Adamson, James MacAodhgain and Justin Devlin.
The Press acknowledged that there were problems with the story in particular the introduction of the story which should not have stated that Irish workers were ”spreading” sexual diseases. Recognising the fault in the story, a clarification was published in the paper’s Putting It Right column. In addition, the paper published two letters to the editor including from the President of the Christchurch Irish Society and published a piece from a regular columnist taking issue with the article. Read more »