One Click Writes To Paul Dacre, Daily Mail Editor – Judicial Review

One Click Writes To Paul Dacre, Daily Mail Editor – Judicial Review

One Click Judicial Review – CFS/ME NICE Guidelines


27 November 2007

Mr Paul Dacre
Daily Mail
Associated Newspapers Limited
Northcliffe House
2 Derry Street
London W8 5TT

Dear Mr. Dacre

ME/CFS – NICE Judicial Review

The One Click Health Advocacy Pressure Group has launched a legal action to take the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to the High Court for Judicial Review of the CFS/ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) Guidelines. This is a major story of national interest. There are over 240,000 sufferers of ME/CFS in Britain. We are puzzled as to the way that the Mail has covered this story and would be grateful for an explanation.

On around the 17 October, journalist x submitted copy on this issue to y. This was provided as an exclusive by us and meant that the Mail would have been the first with this story. Despite this fact and many publication assurances, it simply did not appear.

Instead of the Mail being first with the news, the Evening Standard of its own volition elected to be the first to break this story without our prompting and foreknowledge on the 15 November. The Mail subsequently took the exact copy from the Evening Standard and published this somewhat derogatory piece entitled `Yuppie flu campaigners fight ‘mental illness’ label’ ( ). Despite hundreds and hundreds of comments sent on this article to the Mail’s website by your readers to our certain knowledge, none of these have been published. Not one.

Yet again and has been the case every Tuesday, we were assured that this article on the scientific and consumer interest basis of this story would be published in the Mail in the Health Section – today being but the latest example. It has not appeared. As stated, we are puzzled with the Mail’s position on this story and its coverage to date that is beginning to strike thousands as rather unfair.

We would be very grateful indeed for any explanation that you might so kindly provide for us. If there is anything that we can do to assist matters, we are at your disposal.

Yours sincerely

The One Click Group

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