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Complainant Name:
Councillor John Mullen

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Salford Advertiser


Councillor John Mullen complained to the Press Complaints Commission that an article stated that the aim of the Transforming a Generation scheme (TAG) was to find employment for "hoodies". The complainant, whose son was a participant in the scheme and had appeared in the photograph accompanying the article, stated that his son was not a "hoody". The newspaper had subsequently written a further detailed article about the scheme, which included the complainant's views on TAG. He complained that this article had incorrectly referred to him as Joe Mullen rather than John.


The matter was resolved when the PCC negotiated the publication of the following clarification:

On 1 April, we published the article ‘Transforming a generation' in which we referred to Councillor John Mullen as Joe Mullen. We apologise for any confusion caused.

Date Published: 24/06/2010

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