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Complainant Name:
Mr Terry Fitzpatrick

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: New Nation

Complaint:

Mr Terry Fitzpatrick of London complained that an article inaccurately suggested that many historians believed the word ‘race’ was an acronym derived from the Royal African Company of England, which was granted the exclusive right to trade slaves in Africa under the reign of Charles II. The complainant said that the reporter had taken a genuine seventeenth century trading company, the Royal African Company, and added ‘of England’ to its title in order to fit his theory concerning the origin of the word ‘race’. The complainant felt that the newspaper was seeking, dishonestly, to blame all English people for the slave trade.

The magazine said that the journalist had researched the article at the National Archives in Kew and the National Maritime Museum, and the theory was presented not as fact, but as a possibility suggested by more than one historian. When the complainant requested the identities of those historians, the magazine said that it was unwilling to divulge such details.

Resolution:

The complainant agreed to resolve his complaint on the basis of a published statement of his concerns on the PCC website.

Report: 73



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