The Press Complaints Commission received a record 4,340 complaints and made 1,229 rulings in 2007, according to its annual report.
Three-quarters of the complaints were about accuracy. Nine per cent were about privacy, and six per cent alleged intrusions into grief or shock.
The report claimed that the increase in complaints was probably due to greater visibility of the PCC and the ease of complaining by email. For the first time, complaints about online versions of articles outnumbered complaints abouthard copies.
‘There is no evidence that this increase is due to a collapse in standards,’the report said.