Anorak | Stephen Gately: Andrew Cowles Complains To PCC Over Jan Moir

Stephen Gately: Andrew Cowles Complains To PCC Over Jan Moir

by | 17th, December 2009

STEPHEN Gately’s unnatural death ‘, as told by Jan Moir, died on Twitter but lives on at the Press Complaints Commission. Gately’s civil partner Andrew Cowles has formally complained to the PCC . Other articles on Gately stank but Moir’s reeked.

Mr Cowles says Jan Moir’s Daily Mail c olumn breached guidelines on accuracy, intrusion into grief or shock, and discrimination ”. Also, the PCC should consider the 25,000 complaints about the piece.

Moir later attempted to exonerate herself:

What I meant by ‘nothing natural’ was that the natural duration of his life had been tragically shortened in a way that was shocking and out of the ordinary. Absolutely none of this had anything to do with his sexuality.”


“If he had been a heterosexual member of a boy band, I would have written exactly the same article.”

You can bone up on the whole matter here. But don’t expect too much. Moir toils at the Mail. And the PCC is not very powerful.

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