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Complainant Name:
Reverend Ian Falconer

Clauses Noted: 1, 12

Publication: Daily Express


Reverend Ian Falconer of Staveley complained that the headline of an article reporting the results of a poll on attitudes towards Islam and terrorism was inaccurate, and not borne out by the article itself. He was also concerned that the headline was inflammatory and discriminated against Islam.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

On August 17, you published an article reporting the results of a poll on attitudes to terrorism. Unfortunately, your headline (Britain says: were at war with Islam) in no way represented what was printed underneath. It was misleading and likely to inflame attitudes to Islam. In view of subsequent developments at home and abroad regarding Islam, it is vital we have a calm and reasoned debate on issues involving religion and culture. As an Anglican priest, I try to encourage dialogue, particularly between those of us following the Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam.The press also has its part to play.

Report: 74

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