Jeremy Clarkson’s Sun column, in which he said he “hates” the Duchess of Sussex, has become the Independent Press Standards Organization’s (Ipso) most-complained article. management agency said.
pso said the work was removed from The Sun’s website on Monday at Clarkson’s request, which had received more than 17,500 complaints as of 9 a.m. Tuesday – increasing to 20,800 by 5 p.m.
The response has surpassed the total number of complaints received by the media regulator in 2021 – 14,355.
The previous most-complained article, published in the Scottish Sun in August 2020, about the Stonehaven train derailment, received more than 16,860 complaints.
In the piece published on Friday, Clarkson wrote that he dreamed of Meghan being paraded through British towns and embarrassed in public, adding that “people my age Everyone thinks the same thing.”
The article drew criticism from high-profile figures, politicians and his stepdaughter, Emily Clarkson.
A spokesman for the regulator said: “Ipso has received more than 20,800 complaints about an opinion piece about the Duchess and Duke of Sussex written by Jeremy Clarkson and published by The Sun on Friday 16th. December 2022.
“We will follow our normal processes to check the complaints we have received. This will take longer than usual because of the volume of claims.”
The spokesperson added that the number of complaints will be subject to change.
Ipso is a voluntary non-Government funded press agency that maintains journalistic standards in the UK.
It was launched in 2014 following the Leveson Inquiry, which concluded that the Press Complaints Committee (PCC) was not functioning.
Not all UK publishers are members of Ipso.
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The highest number of complaints received by PCC, Ipso’s predecessor, was 25,000 – following a 2009 commentary in The Daily Mail by Jan Moir about the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.
However, the PCC later ruled that the work did not violate the Editorial Rules and the claims were not accepted.
Earlier on Tuesday, a group of 60 MPs wrote to The Sun’s editor, Victoria Newton, to condemn the article “in the strongest of terms”.
The cross-party group, led by Conservative MP Caroline Nokes, said the “obnoxious” article contributed to an “unacceptable atmosphere of hatred and violence”, and demanded publication. that took action against Clarkson.
“We are appalled by Jeremy Clarkson’s recent article in your publication. As MPs from all sides, we condemn in the strongest possible terms the violent hate language against the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle,” the letter read.
“This kind of language has no place in our country, and it is unacceptable that it should be allowed to be published in a mainstream newspaper. Ms Markle has faced numerous credible threats to her life, requiring the intervention of the Metropolitan Police.
“Hate articles like Mr Clarkson’s do not exist in a vacuum and contribute directly to this climate of unacceptable hatred and violence.”
The letter continues: “We are deeply concerned about the need for young men and boys to set an example, that they may verbally attack women without consequences, or the use of violent language. The force to tell a woman you may not agree with is completely normal.
“No doubt you know how violence against women and girls has increased across the UK in recent years. We have to do better. Enough is enough. We cannot allow this type of behavior to go unchecked anymore.
“We welcome The Sun’s retraction of the article, we now demand action against Mr. Clarkson and an immediate apology to Ms. Markle.
“We continue to demand that definitive action be taken to ensure no more articles like this are published.”
The letter was signed by 64 MPs.
PA has approached The Sun for comment.
SNP MP John Nicolson also wrote to the ITV chief executive following the “odd comments”.
In his own letter, also shared on Twitter, Mr Nicolson said Clarkson’s article was “off the line” and asked the broadcaster to remove him.
In addition to hosting Amazon’s The Grand Tour, alongside Richard Hammond and James May, Clarkson also recommends Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? on VTV.
“Following the outrageous comments about the First Minister and the Duchess of Sussex, I do not believe that Jeremy Clarkson should be allowed to return to our screens. I have written to the CEO of @ITV.” Mr. Nicolson wrote.
Writing on Twitter, Clarkson said he was “appalled at causing so much damage” following the backlash and that he would be “more careful in the future”.
It follows the recent broadcast of the six-part Netflix documentary about Harry and Meghan, in which the couple made allegations of royal abuse.
In the first three episodes, Meghan accused the British media of wanting to “destroy” her and suggested that “vulgar” stories were being “planted” in the press.
The Duchess has also taken The Mail on Sunday publisher – Associated Newspaper Limited (ANL) – to court, after it published part of a personal letter to her father, Thomas Markle, won in 2021. .
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