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Further to the article in the MEN, you will note there is NOT a single client complaint or comment, in the absence of a complaint, what is this article really about?
Our successful drug and alcohol detox treatments are a direct threat to these charities hence the 'smear campaign'.
We have raised our complaint with the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) however it is on 'temporary hold' in light of the Leveson report and the PCC not being 'fit for purpose' as it run by the press. Lord Justice Leveson was very critical of the press and their 'ethics and culture' or rather their 'lack of ethics', the MEN article being a typical example of 'junk journalism'. Parent company Trinity Mirror have also been implicated in the phone hacking scandal with the arrest of 4 senior journalists, one of which sat on the PCC ethics committee!
The MEN have offered no evidence to substantiate their claims and allegations as they are 'untrue' yet refuse to remove the article which is in clear direct breach of the editors code:
i) The Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information, including pictures.
We provided a full explanation to the MEN in response to their initial questions but they ignored our reply and printed 'lies and half truths' to sensationalise their article and destroy a business without any justification. The headline alone is a blatant lie, at no time have we ever claimed to 'cure addicts'.
For example: Drivertime Norwich claimed in court in his oral evidence he had not made any money from his Drivertime franchise but his accounts showed he had made £28,000.00 profit in his first year of trading, he also bought another franchise area of Ipswich in his second year of trading. Despite having his accounts in front of me showing a £28,000.00 profit I was unable to challenge his oral evidence as the court had excluded ALL financial information from the hearing. It was at this stage we realised the hearing had a predetermined outcome as one cannot assess any business by excluding the financial data for that business. The franchisee lied.
The evidence also shows the franchisee never achieved a sales turnover or profit higher than when he was a Drivertime franchise after he had transferred the franchise business into his own trading name to avoid the franchisee agreement. This is also true for the other ex-franchisees involved in the hearing that had left to trade independently, that without our support their business went into decline despite the overall economy being in growth, this is not a failed franchise.
The MEN omitted these 'facts' and published the flawed ruling anyway which in itself is a breach of the editor's code: 'the Press must take care not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information'.
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Malicious & Unfounded
We welcome a 'full investigation' into this article as various parties have serious questions to answer regarding their conduct and comments which could lead to criminal prosecutions.
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