Society to protest to Press body after member is ‘misled’ by reporter

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    [post_content] => The Society is to lodge an official complaint with IPSO, the Press regulator, after a journalist took information from a Society member while claiming to be a prospective patient.

The newspaper reporter posed as the father of a child seeking advice on vaccinations.

He asked RSHom Dawn Waterhouse a number of questions about homeopathy and vaccinations.

Dawn was then contacted by another journalist who told her that the paper was preparing a negative story on homeopathy and vaccinations and planned to use the information she had shared with the undercover reporter in the article alongside expert views. She was asked to confirm that she stood by the information she had shared with the reporter.

The story subsequently appeared in The Times on Saturday May 4.

Mark Taylor, Chief Executive of the Society, said the board would be writing to IPSO, the Press watchdog, to voice its objections to the way the reporter had misrepresented himself.

"We understand and accept that the Press has a right to investigate any story but the approach taken here and the lengths to which the reporter went to to deceive Dawn seem to go beyond reasonable bounds," he said. "As a Society we will always stand up for our members when they feel they have been unfairly treated and this is certainly the case here."

Dawn, who says she was misquoted in the article, has also written a blog post on her experience said she was very grateful for the Society's backing.

"While it was not a pleasant experience being targeted by the media, I felt fully supported and cared for by the Society of Homeopaths throughout the whole time and their professionalism and care has been second to none."

 
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The Society is to lodge an official complaint with IPSO, the Press regulator, after a journalist took information from a Society member while claiming to be a prospective patient.

The newspaper reporter posed as the father of a child seeking advice on vaccinations.

He asked RSHom Dawn Waterhouse a number of questions about homeopathy and vaccinations.

Dawn was then contacted by another journalist who told her that the paper was preparing a negative story on homeopathy and vaccinations and planned to use the information she had shared with the undercover reporter in the article alongside expert views. She was asked to confirm that she stood by the information she had shared with the reporter.

The story subsequently appeared in The Times on Saturday May 4.

Mark Taylor, Chief Executive of the Society, said the board would be writing to IPSO, the Press watchdog, to voice its objections to the way the reporter had misrepresented himself.

“We understand and accept that the Press has a right to investigate any story but the approach taken here and the lengths to which the reporter went to to deceive Dawn seem to go beyond reasonable bounds,” he said. “As a Society we will always stand up for our members when they feel they have been unfairly treated and this is certainly the case here.”

Dawn, who says she was misquoted in the article, has also written a blog post on her experience said she was very grateful for the Society’s backing.

“While it was not a pleasant experience being targeted by the media, I felt fully supported and cared for by the Society of Homeopaths throughout the whole time and their professionalism and care has been second to none.”

 

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