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Complainant Name:
Mr Tim Holmes

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Guardian

Complaint:

Mr Tim Holmes of Surrey complained that a leader article which referred to mortality figures in Iraq was inaccurate and misleading.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following clarification:


‘A leader with the headline All the troubles in the World: Handover of Basra (page 28, December 17) used the phrase “Up to 85,000 Iraqi deaths...” referring to the consequences of the invasion of Iraq. We should have said that this was the upper figure published by the Iraq Body Count at the time and we should have explained that Iraq Body Count publishes a tally of violent deaths recorded in media reports since the invasion. Other organisations, using different methods – including a 2006 survey of Iraqi households, which examined mortality trends – have produced much higher estimates, although each (estimate) is subject to dispute’.

Report: 76



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