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Complainant Name:
Mr Michael John Smith

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Scotsman

Complaint:

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 charged with spying under the Official Secrets Act since 1984'. In fact, the complainant himself had been tried in 1993 under Section 1 of the Official Secrets Act and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper, which had taken the information from an agency, published the following correction:

'In an article under the headline ‘UK soldier pleads not guilty to spying’ published on July 13 we said that Daniel James was the first person charged with spying under the Official Secrets Act since 1984. We have been told by Michael John Smith that he was convicted of spying under the act in 1993 and that our statement was inaccurate. We are happy to make the correction.'

Report: 75



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