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Complainant Name:
Ms Jean Candler, Senior Press Officer of the Refugee Council

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:
Ms Jean Candler, Senior Press Officer of the Refugee Council, complained that an article on a centre for failed asylum seekers was inaccurate and discriminatory when it referred to its inhabitants as “bogus asylum seekers” and “bogus refugees”.

Resolution:
The complaint was resolved when the newspaper sent an internal memorandum to its staff, re-emphasising the PCC guidance note on refugees and asylum seekers and drawing attention to the potential dangers of using the sometimes pejorative term “bogus” in relation to asylum seekers generally.

Report: 69



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