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Complainant Name:
James Gray MP

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Sun

Complaint:

Mr James Gray MP complained that the newspaper had published a story, which contained the inaccurate claim that he had taken photographs of injured British soldiers while on a visit to Afghanistan.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the newspaper – which indicated that the claim was phrased as such, and came from several sources – published the following letter:

Further to your report that I “had taken photographs of a dying soldier on a recent trip to Afghanistan” (Sun, 12 May), allow me to set the record straight. My colleagues and I had taken photographs of the C-17 cargo plane onto which some wounded soldiers were to be transferred but at the time we were 500 yards away in the pitch black. Any photographs would have been impossible and there is no evidence any of the soldiers were “dying.” I assure your readers I took no such photographs and as an active member of the Royal British Legion, Chairman of the Parliamentary All Party Group for the Army and a former TA soldier myself, I hope they will be ready to accept that assurance.

Report: 79



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