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Complainant Name:
Murad Ali

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: East London Advertiser


Murad Ali of East London complained about the content of two articles reporting that police were looking for four men who had failed to appear in court following charges of robbery in the following respects: that a misleading link was suggested between him and the other men featured; that it inaccurately claimed he had failed to appear in court; and that the details of the robbery for which he had been arrested (and acquitted) were inaccurate.


The newspaper published the following apology to the complainant and arranged for online access to both articles to be removed from its website:

In a report in the East London Advertiser on January 3 we stated that Mr Murad Ali had been cleared of charges that related to an alleged street robbery. We would like to make clear that Mr Ali had not been arrested in connection with a separate street robbery that took place in May 2005 and we apologise if our reports may have created a mistaken link to that crime. We also apologise for any other embarrassment our report may have inadvertently caused.

The complaint was resolved on that basis.

Report: 77

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