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Complainant Name:
George Galloway MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times

Complaint:

George Galloway MP complained that the newspaper had inaccurately reported that he was due to attend a rally in a nearby park with hardline Islamist cleric, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi. The complainant made the following further points: no rally was planned; he was not invited to any rally; Mr Sayeedi was reported to be in Bangledesh at the time of the alleged rally; and no effort was made to contact his office and verify the story prior to the article’s publication.

Resolution:

The newspaper accepted that it had made a mistake and the complaint was resolved when it published the following apology to the complainant: George Galloway MP: Contrary to our report (“Islamist hardliner heads for Britain”, July 14), the Respect MP George Galloway was not scheduled to appear at a rally with the hardline Islamist cleric Delwar Hossain Sayeedi on Saturday 15 July. This claim was not put to Mr. Galloway prior to publication. We are happy to correct the record, and apologise to Mr. Galloway for the errors.

Report: 73



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