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Complainant Name:
Mr Mark Cowan

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Kilmarnock Standard

Complaint:

Mr Mark Cowan complained that an article was inaccurate and misleading when it stated that a court had ruled that “singing two lines of the notorious ‘Famine Song’ amounts to racism”.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper made clear that the sheriff had acknowledged that the charge for which the defendant was convicted – a breach of the peace – had been “aggravated by religious and racial prejudice”. The newspaper’s website, which had initially omitted this information, had been updated accordingly.

Report: 78



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