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Complainant Name:
Mr Oliver Miles

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: The Times


Mr Oliver Miles complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an opinion piece - commenting on a letter that he had submitted for publication in The Independent on Sunday - had misinterpreted his views and created the erroneous impression that he held anti-Semitic views.


The complaint was resolved when the newspaper published the following letter from the complainant:

Sir, In a leading article commenting on the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war ("A search for truth", November 25) you described my views on the inquiry as "extraordinary and disgraceful", but you did not quote those views or inform readers where they could be found. Your reference was to an opinion piece I wrote in the Independent on Sunday (November 22), and I believe you have misrepresented my views.

I do not "already know [my] view of Chilcot's work". I do not believe the inquiry to be "a defensive response to public anger". I am not a "zealot" and do not "hold all such inquiries to be tainted until and unless they arrive at the right answer". Indeed, my article was generally supportive of the inquiry.

I am concerned that my observation that two of the five members of the panel are Jewish was interpreted as a statement that the panel "has too many Jews on it", suggesting prejudice against Jews. I do not believe that I have written anything to support such a charge.

Oliver Miles

Former British Ambassador to Libya.

Date Published: 17/02/2010

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