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(From The Dominion Post)
LYNMARIE EDWARDS complained about the way The Dominion Post used a photograph of a Gisborne-based diving group which included her.
Her complaint was that the photograph and caption implied by association with the accompanying story that she and those in the photograph had Mongrel Mob connections and were involved in poaching and/or the abuse of customary fisheries regulations.
Ms Edwards denied vehemently that those things were true, and said her reputation had been damaged.
She complained that the newspaper had breached Press Council principles relating to accuracy, correction, subterfuge and manipulation of photographs.
The Press Council has upheld the complaint.
The photograph and story headed "Maori fish scams" appeared in the Weekend section of The Dominion Post on March 20. The caption to the photograph said: "Dive training: A member of a Gisborne-based dive …