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Complainant Name:
Mr Paul Davies

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Mail on Sunday

Complaint:

Mr Paul Davies, the Reburial Officer for the Council of British Druid Orders, complained that an article, on his organisation’s request to obtain prehistoric remains from a museum for the purposes of reburial, contained inaccuracies. In particular, it wrongly suggested that they were going to use the Human Tissues Act to take the case to court and inaccurately said that the names of those to be reburied were Hawk and Lydia. He was also objected to the group being described as “militant”, which was not the case. The Council of British Druid Orders worked closely with English Heritage and the National Trust.

Resolution:

The complaint was partially resolved when the newspaper removed the online article and published the following apology:

On January 18, 2009, we wrote about requests from the Council of British Druids Orders to re-bury some ancient human bones presently in a museum in Avebury, Wiltshire. We mistakenly said the remains are claimed to include those of Hawk, from the ancient Order of the Sidhe, and Lydia, Swordbearer of the Glastonbury Outer Order of Druids. In fact these are the Druidical names of living people and we apologise to them.

Report: 79



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