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Complainant Name:
Kahlil Burke

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Racing Post


Ex-horse trainer Kahlil Burke complained to the Press Complaints Commission that the newspaper had published an article which inaccurately stated that he had forged a veterinary surgeons signature on official records. The complainant was genuinely concerned that the coverage had damaged his reputation and would impact upon his employment prospects.


The newspaper accepted that there had been an error and was willing to publish a brief correction. The complainant argued that any correction should contain criticism of the British Horseracing Association as it had provided the information to the newspaper. The newspaper did not agree that this was appropriate. The complaint was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following correction:

In an article headlined "Burke faces ban after doctoring veterinary records" (10 November 2009) which appeared both in print and online we wrongly reported that former trainer Kahlil Burke falsified horse passports by signing the records in the name of a veterinary surgeon. We have been asked to make clear that Mr Burke did not forge any signature, but signed with his own name. We are happy to correct this point.

The correction was published in the newspaper with prominence equal to that of the original piece and appeared on its website for a period of three days. The newspaper also removed two disputed online articles from the internet at the complainant's request.

Date Published: 11/06/2010

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