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Complainant Name:
Mr Jon Farrar

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Press

Complaint:

Mr Jon Farrar of Harleston complained that an article about aerial crop spraying in the 1960s – which had focused on the personal recollections of a local businessman – had contained inaccuracies. The complainant said that it was not the case that aerial spraying was virtually unregulated: there was a limited schedule of chemicals that could be applied, weather conditions were prescribed, and pilots were subject to regular blood tests to monitor any build up of toxins. The complainant also disputed the quoted businessman’s recollections that pilots were drunk and afraid, and that aircraft flew over the heads of markers, and explained that these recollections did not accord with his own.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to annotate its records with the points of dispute. However, the complainant remained particularly concerned that the article had cast a slur on pilots working in the industry at the time.

Report: 75



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