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Complainant Name:
Mr William Haymes

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Birmingham Post

Complaint:

Mr William Haymes of Coventry complained that a letter he had submitted for publication was edited in such a way as to alter its meaning before it was printed. The letter, which was about the assassination of President Kennedy, had referred to former US President Ford being a member of the Warren Commission and investigating JFKs death. However, after editing, the published letter omitted President Fords name and attributed his role to Barry Goldwater.

Resolution:

The newspaper acknowledged that the editing process had inadvertently introduced an error into the letter and had, therefore, substantively altered its meaning. The editor thanked the complainant for bringing the matter to his attention and sent him a personal letter of apology.

Report: 78



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