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Complainant Name:
Ms C Vernon

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Glossop Chronicle

Complaint:

Ms C Vernon of Lancashire complained that the newspaper had published a photograph of local MPs at Tameside Hospital, which had been manipulated to include James Purnell MP, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Mr Purnell had been unable to make the photograph and had been added on later by the hospital.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper which made clear that it had carried the photograph provided to it in good faith published detailed follow-up coverage of the incident, in which Tameside Hospital apologised to the newspaper and its readers. The hospital made clear that, as Mr Purnell had been unable to attend the photo-shoot, a photograph of him taken later, in the same spot, was merged with the original before being distributed.

Report: 76



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