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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael John Smith

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mirror


Mr Michael John Smith of Essex complained that the newspaper, referring to an ongoing trial, had inaccurately suggested that the defendant was 'the first person for more than 20 years to be tried for spying'. In fact, the complainant himself had been tried in 1993 under Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper, which had taken the information from an agency and only published it online, deleted the reference from the website and marked its library files with the correct information.

Report: 75

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