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Complainant Name:
Mr Pieter Tesch

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Observer


Mr Pieter Tesch, European Director of Industrie de Peche & Representation, complained that the headline to an article about leblouh – the practice of fattening up girls for marriage – claimed inaccurately that the Mauritanian government was responsible for a revival. He also raised concerns that the article contained further inaccuracies.


The newspaper amended the text of its online headline to “Girls being force-fed for marriage as fattening farms revived”, along with a note of explanation for the change. It also published a clarification in the print version of the newspaper in the following terms:

The headline “Girls being force-fed for marriage was junta revives fattening farms” (World, 1 March) did not accurately reflect the article that followed, which said that the governing military regime in Mauritania was being blamed by women and children’s rights campaigners for a return to traditional roles and a resurgence of such practices as leblouh but it did not report that the government had revived this practice.

Report: 79

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