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Complainant Name:
Inayat Bunglawala

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Star

Complaint:

Inayat Bunglawala, Advisor on Research and Policy for ENGAGE, complained that an article misleadingly claimed there had been a ban on the sale of The Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal badges in areas of Britain with high numbers of Muslim occupants. He said that – while in certain areas the reporters may not have been able to find poppies for sale – the fact that sellers had chosen not to stock the badges did not necessarily represent an overt ban.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when a clarification was published on page 2 of the newspaper in the following terms, headlined “No poppies”:

"Further to our article of November 6, ‘Poppies Banned in Terror Hotspots’, we have been asked to make clear that there has been no overt ban on the sale of poppies in certain English cities. Our survey revealed that poppies were just not available for sale in areas of Leeds, Bradford, Dewsbury, Derby, Birmingham and Leicester.”

Report: 78



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