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Complainant Name:
Rear Admiral David Cooke

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Sunday Sun

Complaint:

Rear Admiral David Cooke complained that a newspaper article on the subject of an ongoing employment tribunal was inaccurate and misleading. His secretary had made a complaint against the Ministry of Defence on the grounds of bullying, saying that she had been subject to such harassment after she had raised concerns about perks for the complainant. Rear Admiral Cooke made clear that the allegations (both of fraud and bullying/harassment) had been rejected by independent formal investigation and subsequent appeal. He argued that the article did not properly reflect this. In addition, he said there were other inaccuracies (such as the suggestion that he lived in rent-free accommodation and had claimed money back for reupholstering sofas).

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper removed the article from the website and annotated its records with the points raised by the complainant for future reference.

Report: 78



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